These are external links and will open in a new window. The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The Colorado state court had found that baker Jack Phillips' decision to turn away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in was unlawful discrimination. But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a vote that that decision had violated Mr Phillips' rights. Gay rights groups feared a ruling against the couple could set a precedent for treating gay marriages differently from heterosexual unions. The decision does not state that florists, photographers, or other services can now refuse to work with gay couples.
Baker who refused to make cake for gay wedding: 'I don't discriminate'
Ashers 'gay cake' row: Bakers win Supreme Court appeal - BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window. A judge has ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. The firm's general manager said they were "extremely disappointed" by the ruling and are considering an appeal. The firm was found to have discriminated against Mr Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation as well as his political beliefs. The judge said she accepted that Ashers has "genuine and deeply held" religious views, but said the business was not above the law. This case has highlighted once again the continuing tensions in the UK between equality law and freedom of conscience for those whose religious beliefs don't allow them to accept same-sex marriage. Christian Concern, which backs Christians facing court cases over their beliefs, says the judgement undermines religious freedom in Northern Ireland, while the Evangelical Alliance claims that this is a significant change in the law that will have wider implications and may even suggest that religion has been "effectively banished from the commercial sphere".
UK supreme court backs bakery that refused to make gay marriage cake
These are external links and will open in a new window. The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called "gay cake" discrimination case. The UK's highest court ruled that Ashers bakery's refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory. The five justices on the Supreme Court were unanimous in their judgement.
Ashers had refused to produce the cake, featuring the Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie, in for Gareth Lee, who supports the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. He wanted to take it to a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia. The business relationship between Lee and Ashers did not involve people being refused jobs or services because of their religious faith, the judges added. The case has aroused international interest.