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This photographer agency just refused service to "gay-cake" bakers

Gay cake’ trial against Christians who own Northern Ireland bakery results in unanimous verdict Huge Victory for Christian Bakers' Religious Rights at UK's Highest Court
Jeannette Daniel | 13 October, 2018, 16:56

For example, I do not believe that a gay baker should be pressured, under threat of legal sanction, to decorate a cake with a message against same-sex marriage. Therefore, Mr Lee was discriminated against by association with the gay community and the protected characteristic was the sexual orientation of that community. The high court in Oslo, Norway affirmed the right of Christian physician Katarzyna Jackimowicz to refuse to implant in a patient an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) because of its abortifacient capabilities.

The five justices on United Kingdom's highest court unanimously ruled in favor of the Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery who were accused of discrimination by a gay customer who wanted the shop to create a "Support Gay Marriage" cake featuring "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie, BBC News reported.

"If the Supreme Court had ruled against Ashers it would have established a unsafe principle that businesses can not refuse a customer's request to propagate a message even if it is sexist, anti-gay or xenophobic, and even if they have a conscientious objection to it", he wrote.

Asher's has lost several court cases over four years, including an appeal, but the Supreme Court announced its decision on October 10. The ruling is a significant victory not only for doctors, "but for people of faith in all professions", her attorney Hakon Bleken said today in an ADF International press release.

How did the gay customer react to the ruling?

"Dr. Jachimowicz takes her vocation as a medical professional seriously", Bleken said. "As such, it provides a valuable legal precedent in protecting this inherent freedom across the continent". Article 9 of the European Charter of Human Rights (ECHR), to which the United Kingdom is a signatory, gives individuals the right to freedom of thought and to manifest their religion "in worship, teaching, practice and observance".

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Lee charged the McArthurs and Ashers with "direct and indirect discrimination" in violation of sexual orientation regulations (SORs) of the Equality Act of 2006 and the Fair Employment and Treatment Order (FETO) of 1998. Under the law which the Belfast County Court invented on a whim you could have the absurd spectacle of a gay business-owner prosecuted for refusing to make something supporting gay marriage. It was the first time Britain's Supreme Court had sat for a case in Northern Ireland. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because his religious beliefs did not violate Colorado's anti-discrimination law. However, given the bakers' competing rights, they could not be compelled to express "a message with which they disagree, unless justification is shown for doing so". "And that's really good news for everybody, whether they're religious or not, whatever their convictions".

"I want to start by thanking God", he told reporters.

"However, while we now have some clarity around the freedom of those providing services to resist the requirement to message views that they do not support, there will no doubt be other cases where the facts are not quite so straightforward and where it may be more hard to disassociate the message from the customer and their orientation or religious beliefs", he said. "He has been with us for the last four years". "He is our rock and all His ways are just". Phillips, who won a narrow Supreme Court ruling in June after losing in lower courts, has repeatedly said he has refused to create bawdy bachelor party cakes and Halloween cakes with demonic images. "Lee", said Lady Brenda Hale, president of the Supreme Court.

His order was accepted and paid for in full, but two days later the company called to say it could not proceed due to the message requested. Baking the cake would have put the bakers in support of the local campaign for gay marriage, C4M said.

They also said that Mr Lee would "always be welcome in any of our shops".

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