Lawyers representing a man from Northern Ireland who sued a bakery for refusing to make a cake with pro-gay marriage message are going to Europe to challenge a supreme court ruling that its evangelical Christian owners had a right to refuse to bake it. Four years later the supreme court reversed earlier decisions at Belfast county court and court of appeal that Ashers had discriminated against Lee on the grounds of him being gay. They ruled therefore that there was no discrimination on those grounds. The lawyers contend that no reasonable person would equate producing the cake for an individual private customer with the bakery supporting the pro-gay marriage message on it.
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With the Supreme Court's long-awaited decision to recognize marriage equality as a national right , is a historic year in the LGBT-equality movement. As a result, the spontaneous celebrations that erupted around the country afterward overflowed with pure joy, giddy excitement, and a palpable sense of relief. LGBT folks still face discrimination in housing, employment, and health care. Thirty-one states have no laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. And the statistics around violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity are startling and sobering. It didn't feel like a revolutionary gesture at the time—no, we just knew it was the right and fair thing to do. Here are a few other ways we have supported LGBT rights over the years:.
Gay marriage cake: customer takes case to European court
Vance II wrote in a brief filed with the court. Bevin has been a staunch supporter of Davis, who spent five days in jail for refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses following the historic U. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage. Davis even switched parties, registering as a Republican because she said the Democratic Party abandoned her. Bevin and Davis, who lost her re-election bid in November, have asked the court not to award legal fees.
If the court does so, the new conservative majority could significantly change the law on religious liberty and LGBTQ rights. The justices could announce as early as Monday whether they will hear the case. For nearly three decades, the court has followed a rule set down in a decision written by a conservative hero, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the Oregon case, lawyers for Melissa and Aaron Klein said the couple were forced to shut down their Sweet Cakes store in the city of Gresham because of the conflict over their religious beliefs.