Lillian Ladele

Lillian Ladele, a Christian registrar who was forced out of her job because of her stance on civil partnerships, has lost her case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The court heard Miss Ladele’s case on 4 September 2012 alongside the cases of three other Christians. The judgment was released on 15 January 2013.

Miss Ladele’s case began after Islington Borough Council refused to accommodate her religious objections to same-sex civil partnerships and demanded that she register the unions.

However, the ECHR found that her human rights had not been violated. An application for appeal to the Grand Chamber of the court was rejected. Her long-running legal battle, which has ended, was supported by The Christian Institute’s Legal Defence Fund.


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