Ashers Baking Company Limited and others v Gareth Lee [2016]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    NICA 39
  • Legal Body
    NI Court of Appeal (NICA)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Direct Discrimination; Sexual Orientation; Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006; Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998; Provision of Goods and Services

The appeal by Ashers in the NI 'gay cake' row, as it is colloquially known, has been rejected by the NI Court of Appeal. Mr Lee had requested a cake from Ashers with the phrase 'Support Gay Marriage' scanned into the icing on the top. The order was initially accepted but was later refused. This was deemed to be direct discrimination by the County Court and that has now been confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

This case raised issues of public importance regarding the extent to which suppliers of goods and services can refuse service on grounds of sexual orientation, religious belief and political opinion in Northern Ireland. Similar laws in relation to equal status apply in the Republic of

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This article is correct at 02/11/2016

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