"gay cake" row now resolved

Mary Gavin

19 May 2015

Court was busier than usual this morning as crowds awaited the decision of Gareth Lee v Ashers Baking Company, a case that had attracted significant attention and most certainly divided opinion.

District Judge Brownlee who heard the case in March has found that Ashers Baking Company unlawfully discriminated against Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation.  As many will know, the bakery refused to make a cake bearing a slogan in support of same sex marriage.  The Plaintiff, Gareth Lee, a volunteer for LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, said he felt like a lesser person when his order was refused two days after it was placed.  Ashers Baking Company said the slogan was against their Christian beliefs.

Judge Brownlee considered that Ashers were conducting a business for profit and added that “this is direct discrimination for which there can be no justification.

The outcome of this decision will have ramifications for consumers and businesses alike but it may well not be the end if Ashers decide to appeal.

If you have any queries regarding discrimination in the workplace or in the supply of goods and services, please do not hesitate to contact Gerry Daly or Mary Gavin on 028 9024 3901.