Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation –v- Religious Belief

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland upheld that a “Christian bakery” had discriminated against a gay man on the grounds of sexual orientation by refusing to bake a cake that he had requested with the caption “Support Gay Marriage”.   The Court of Appeal put forward the argument that Mr Lee had been discriminated against because of his association with the protected characteristic of sexual orientation.  The case highlights that the religious belief of a service provider does not exempt them from direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation as in this particular case.

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