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The Ashers “gay cake” verdict is a victory for freedom of expression

The law should not force businesses to take political standpoints

By Peter Tatchell  

The Supreme Court ruled this week in favour of Ashers bakery. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

The Christian owners of Ashers bakery in Belfast have won a UK Supreme Court appeal, reversing two earlier lower court rulings. They were previously found to have discriminated against a gay customer on the grounds of sexual orientation by refusing to decorate a cake with the words “support gay marriage.”

As a freedom of expression and human rights defender, I believe that people should have the right to express ideas with which they…

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