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‘Gay cake’ case – Supreme Court to sit in Belfast 27 November 2017

The UK’s highest court will sit in Northern Ireland for the first time next April.

The Supreme Court will consider a judgement against Ashers Bakery in the so called “gay cake” case.

Its owners are challenging a ruling that their refusal to make a cake iced with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” was discriminatory.

The hearing will be the first court proceedings in Northern Ireland to be live streamed.

Widowed parents

Five of the court’s 12 judges will travel to Belfast to hear the appeal.

They will also hear a case on whether a policy on allowances for widowed parents breaches human rights law

The appeals have been listed for four days, starting on 30 April.

The judges who will hear them include the president of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale.

The others will include Lord Kerr, who was born in Lurgan and is a former lord chief justice of Northern Ireland.

 

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