Colin McArthur, Karen McArthur & Ashers Baking Company Ltd v Gareth Lee Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceNICA 39
Legal BodyNI Court of Appeal (NICA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscrimination and Equality
This was an appeal by way of case stated from the County Court, where it was held that the appellants directly discriminated against the respondent on the grounds of sexual orientation and on the grounds of religious and political belief.
The facts are well known, but involved the respondent (a gay man) ordering a customised cake with a headline caption “Support Gay Marriage” which was refused by the appellants based on their Christian beliefs.
Of the four questions it was asked to consider, the NI Court of Appeal only answered two. Firstly, it held that there was direct discrimination, as the logo on the cake could only apply to gay and bisexual people and therefore the
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