Kyiv: The Supreme Court of Great Britain sided with a bakery that refused to bake a cake in support of same-sex marriage.
The court ruled that the owners of the Ashers bakery had every right to refuse to bake a cake with an inscription in support of gay marriage because of a contradiction in relation to their Christian views.
This dispute has become one of the most notorious in the UK regarding discrimination and freedom of religion.
Recall that the conflict arose after an activist of the movement for the rights of gays and lesbians Gareth Lee ordered a cake with the inscription "Support gay marriage."
One of the bakeries of the Ashers chain in Belfast accepted his order, but two days later the company’s head office told Lee that they wanted to refuse the order and offered a refund.
Bakery Ashers belongs to a Christian family. Her owners in court said that the statement about same-sex marriage is contrary to their religious beliefs.
They argued that the inscription did not suit them, not the customer and that the bakery would have refused to bake the same cake for a heterosexual client.
As a result, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale, in her decision stated that the bakery refused to fulfill the order, not because of the customer’s sexual orientation.
“They objected to the inscription, and not against the personality of Mr. Li. Therefore, the court ruled that there is no discrimination on the basis of Mr. Li’s sexual orientation,” she added.
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