Gareth Lee seeks to take UK to court over Ashers case

Aug 16, 2019 by

from The Christian Institute:

LGBT campaigner Gareth Lee is seeking to challenge the UK Supreme Court over its unanimous decision in favour of Ashers Baking Company.

It would appear Mr Lee wants the European Court of Human Rights to consider narrow aspects of the ruling. Such a legal process could take years and may not result in judges hearing the case.

The Christian Institute, which has supported Ashers throughout, said the latest legal challenge was unlikely to overturn the central aspect of the Supreme Court judgment.


Ashers Baking Company is owned and run by the McArthur family, who are Christians.

In 2014, they turned down Mr Lee’s order for a same-sex marriage campaign cake. The McArthurs took the decision because the message on the cake conflicted with their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

But the taxpayer-funded Equality Commission for Northern Ireland pursued them through the UK courts.

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