The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Northern Ireland bakery in a discrimination case filed by a gay rights activist who ordered a cake with a slogan that the bakery refused.
The UK's highest court deemed that Ashers bakery's refusal to put a slogan supporting same-sex marriage on the cake was not discriminatory.
The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered a decision
The customer, gay rights activist Gareth Lee, sued the bakery for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and political beliefs.
The case – which ran for four-and-a-half years and cost almost £500,000 so far – has raised issues over equality and freedom of conscience, according to the BBC.
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But the company has clarified that its issue was with the slogan and not the customer, saying it would have turned down the same order from a heterosexual client.
In the court’s judgement (case reference  UKSC 49), president of the Supreme Court Lady Hale ruled that the defendants did not turn down the order because of Lee’s sexual orientation.
74They would have refused to make such a cake for any customer
It was the message and not the customer that was the issue, she said.
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