European Court of Justice: Christian couple avoids baking gay sex cake

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Published 11 January 2022 at 07.53

Law & Justice. The European Court of Human Rights has chosen not to take up a case against a Christian couple who refused to bake a cake with an LGBTQ-positive message.

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The case against the Northern Irish Christian baker couple has been pursued by gay activist Gareth Lee, a member of the organization Queer Space.

However, the European Court announced on Thursday that it will not take up the case for trial , reports RT.

This with reference to the fact that Lee had not at any time during the domestic court proceedings invoked his convention rights.

The case concerns Daniel and Amy McArthur, a Christian couple in Belfast who said no to baking an LGBTQ cake that Gareth Lee ordered in 2014.

The bakers explained that they could not stand behind the proposed design with the dolls Bert and Ernie from “Mupparna” and the message “Support Gay Marriage “.

The case has cost the British taxpayers more than the equivalent of three million kronor over a seven-year period.

The McArthur couple have received support from the Christian organization Christian Institute, which was responsible for their extensive litigation costs.

In 2018, the goal reached Large Britain's Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the bakers. Lee then went on to the European Court of Justice.

The Christian Institute states in a statement that the European Court of Justice's decision is “good news for freedom of expression and good news for Christians”.