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Ashers Baking Company

On 24 October 2016, the Court of Appeal in Belfast rejected Ashers Baking Company’s appeal against a ruling which said that the business broke the law by declining to decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage campaign slogan. The case now looks likely to go to the UK Supreme Court.

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John Craven

John was wrongfully arrested by police and held in custody for over 19 hours. He received £13,000 compensation for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights.

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Peter & Hazelmary Bull

A same-sex couple sued Mr and Mrs Bull because the Bulls’ B&B only allowed married couples to share a double bed. The Bulls based the policy upon their Christian beliefs about marriage and applied it equally to heterosexuals and homosexuals.

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Lillian Ladele

Lillian Ladele was a marriage registrar at Islington Borough Council. She was forced out of her job because of her Christian beliefs about marriage and her conscientious objection to same-sex civil partnerships.

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Adrian Smith

Adrian worked as a housing manager at Trafford Housing Trust (THT) in Manchester. He said gay weddings in churches would be “an equality too far”. He made the remark outside work time using his own computer on his personal Facebook page, which was not accessible to the general public. Yet managers saw fit to demote him and slash his salary by 40 per cent.

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Bideford Council

In 2012, the National Secular Society and a local atheist ex-councillor sued Bideford Town Council in Devon over its practice of praying at the start of council meetings – a practice understood to date back to the days of Queen Elizabeth the First.

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Google

When The Christian Institute tried to place a pro-life advert about abortion with internet giant Google it was blocked simply because we are a ‘religious’ organisation. This is unlawful under UK law. When Google refused to back down, we issued legal proceedings.

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