Today the Supreme Court decided in favour of the Ashers appeal.
10th October 2018
Today the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the appeal by Ashers bakery in the 'gay cake' case. The court allowed the appeal. In the memorable - and important - words of its press release: nothing in discrimination law 'imposes civil liability on the appellants for the refusal to express a political opinion contrary to their religious beliefs.'
I am pleased that this finding follows exactly the argument I made in my comment on the original Northern Ireland Appeal Court finding. The bakers were not discriminating against a customer because of sexual orientation or anything else. They thought they had a right not to provide their services to a political cause with which they disagreed. The Supreme Court finding does not re-legalise any form of discrimination. It is a victory for political freedom.