Christian bakery wins in gay cake row

The Christian owners of a Belfast bakery have won a discrimination case over their refusal to bake a cake promoting same-sex marriage.

In 2014 Ashers bakery refused to make a cake bearing the slogan “Support gay marriage” and featuring the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie.

They were successfully sued by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who had ordered the cake.

However, in a final appeal at the Supreme Court, five judges unanimously voted in favour of the bakery.

They ruled that Mr Lee was not discriminated against on account of his sexuality.

“Their objection was to the message on the cake, not to the personal characteristics of Mr Lee,” Lady Hale, the president of the Supreme Court, said.

“It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics,” she said.

“But that is not what happened in this case and it does the project of equal treatment no favours to seek to extend it beyond its proper scope.”