Ashers Bakery

Ashers

The Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland, Belfast is a family owned business Run by Daniel and Amy McArthur.
In 2014 a customer requested them to bake a cake with a gay slogan supporting same sex marriage on it.

The owners (Christians) refused to do it on the basis that it conflicted with their religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. As ⁷a result the gay customer, Gareth Lee, pursued the McArthurs through the courts via the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland.

Initially after a long and convoluted legal battle that seemed weighted in Lee’s favour on the 10th of October 2018 with the assistance of the Christian Institute the Ashers Baking Co. won its case at the Supreme Court. On the grounds that an individual should not be forced to write something that contravened their religious beliefs.

Christian Bed & Breakfast

Hazelmary and Peter Bull

Cornwall B&B owners Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room at their facility in Cornwall in 2008. They offered them two single rooms but not a double.
As Christians. They regard any sex outside marriage as a “sin”.
They denied discriminating against Mr Hall and Mr Preddy, from Bristol.
They said their decision was founded on a “religiously-informed judgment of conscience”.
The Supreme Court ruled against them at a hearing in London.

In 2011 a judge at Bristol County Court concluded that the Bulls had acted unlawfully and ordered them to pay a total of £3,600 damages to the gay couple.

The following year the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Bulls following a hearing in London. The couple had asked the Supreme Court to overrule the Court of Appeal but the Supreme court refused.

Mrs Bull said: “We are deeply disappointed and saddened by the outcome.’