Supreme Court Heads to Northern Ireland for Gay Cake

By Gary Cutlack on at

The case of Northern Ireland bakery chain Ashers is about to be decided by the Supreme Court, and for the first time in its history the court's judges are devolving to Belfast to pass their ruling.

Ashers rose to international fame three years ago, when a member of the public asked it to make a cake topped with with the message "support gay marriage." Ashers, being Christian-owned, declined, which kicked off a never-ending series of legal battles over whether refusing to write messages in icing sugar is discriminatory or not, a war that's about to come to a head in 2018 when the Supreme Court decamps to Northern Ireland.

Belfast County Court initially ruled it was indeed discrimination to refuse to make the same-sex-supporting cake -- a ruling that was later upheld by the the Court of Appeal too -- although the baker still refuses to agree. Hence five supreme legal beings are coming in to sort it out once and for all in April of 2018, with proceedings live-streamed too, for comic effect.

Supreme Court President Lady Hale said: "My colleagues and I strongly believe that the experience of watching a case in person should not be limited to those within easy reach of London. This is the second time that the Court has sat outside London and doing so is becoming an established feature of the Court’s calendar." [BBC]

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