Redefining marriage is my legacy, says departing PM
Posted on 24th, June 2016
Today David Cameron announced he would resign and listed redefining marriage as one of his most significant ‘achievements’ while in power. This despite half of his MPs voting against him on the issue in 2013, despite the outcry it caused among the grassroots of his party, and despite the 669,444 people who signed our petition. Speaking in Downing Street, he said: “I’m very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years. “I believe...
Will the next census merge stats on traditional marriage and same-sex marriage?
Posted on 22nd, June 2016
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) doesn’t have a 100 per cent track record with stats on marriage. In 2013 the ONS was considering airbrushing traditional marriage out of its records, but after C4M supporters responded, it changed tack. Now, as it works on the next census, the statistics group has suggested that another change might be on the way. In its summary of responses to a consultation on the nation’s questionnaire, the ONS states that following the introduction of same-sex...
Same-sex civil unions backed in Italy, but not gay marriage
Posted on 13th, May 2016
The Italian Parliament has backed the recognition of same-sex unions but stopped short of supporting same-sex marriage. Politicians voted by 372 votes to 51, with 99 abstentions, to pave the way for the civil unions Bill to be sent to President Sergio Mattarella. The measures were highly controversial, and a requirement for gay couples to pledge loyalty to each other was dropped to make the unions less like marriage. In February last year, Italy’s top court rejected redefining marriage,...
Final day of Ashers hearing: Concluding arguments from Ashers’ team and NI Attorney General
Posted on 12th, May 2016
The final day of the Ashers Baking Company appeal hearing included closing arguments from Ashers’ legal team, and the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin QC. David Scoffield QC, representing Ashers’ owners the McArthur family, reiterated that they turned down the order for a cake bearing a pro same-sex marriage campaign slogan because of the message, not the customer. He added that the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which is representing the customer, is trying to...
Ashers case day 3: Equality Commission quizzed by judges
Posted on 12th, May 2016
On the third day of the Ashers Baking Company appeal, the three judges grilled lawyers for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) on several aspects of the case. One of the judges pointed out that Mr Lee had bought cakes from Ashers before he placed an order for a pro same-sex marriage campaign cake. Lord Justice Weir reiterated the view that the issue was with the message on the cake, not the customer. But the ECNI’s QC Robin Allen suggested that refusal to promote same-sex...
Ashers case day 2: Attorney General says it was about the message not the person
Posted on 11th, May 2016
During the second day of court proceedings for the Ashers Baking Company appeal, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General raised concerns over the application of the laws used against them. John Larkin QC put a halt to the appeal in February, when it was originally due to be heard. He intervened saying the laws used against the bakery fall foul of Northern Ireland’s constitutional law. In Belfast’s Court of Appeal yesterday, Larkin told the judges that the case is about ‘expression’. “I...
Ashers: Dr Sharon James on the appeal
Posted on 10th, May 2016
Dr Sharon James of Coalition for Marriage speaks ahead of the Ashers Baking Co court appearance yesterday. Filmed outside the Court of Appeal in Belfast.
‘Gay cake’ case in court today
Posted on 9th, May 2016
In the first day of court proceedings, Ashers Baking Company’s lawyer has reiterated that the bakers did not discriminate when they declined an order for a cake supporting same-sex marriage. David Scoffield QC highlighted that discrimination must be against “another person”, not an idea or an object – such as a cake. Since the McArthur family did not know the sexual orientation of Gareth Lee when he placed the order, they did not discriminate, he said. He added: “To say you can...
Ashers’ owners stress profound importance of ‘gay cake’ case
Posted on 9th, May 2016
Daniel McArthur, of Ashers Baking Company, has said the ‘gay cake’ case is of profound importance as his family return to court to appeal last year’s ruling against them. Speaking outside the Court of Appeal this morning, Mr McArthur said: “This has never just been about one little bakery in Belfast. It’s clear that its always had implications for freedom of expression throughout the UK.” He pointed out that it was exactly two years ago that his family were asked to “help promote...
Ashers family speak out ahead of appeal hearing
Posted on 6th, May 2016
The McArthur family – who are at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ case – say they have been tremendously helped by the support of thousands of people, as they prepare for next week’s appeal hearing. Ashers Baking Company goes before the Court of Appeal in Belfast on Monday in an effort to overturn a decision made by the County Court last year. It found that the bakery had broken political and sexual orientation discrimination laws. The court ruled against Ashers, run by the McArthur...