Skip to main content

Posts

Featured

"Gay cake" judgment in the UK - some further thoughts

On the day that the UK Supreme Court issued its judgment in the now famous “gay cake” case, I wrote that, in my view, the judgment was wrong on legal grounds.
I believe that the Supreme Court has misinterpreted the scope and purpose of UK law and, in doing so, deprived people of a level of protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation that the law was designed to guarantee them.
Since the judgment, I’ve been genuinely astonished by the level of support that it has received from people with widely different views. Although my principle reason for believing that the Supreme Court judgment is wrong is based on legal grounds (my reasoning is outlined here) I offer some further general thoughts below on the judgment in the context of the wider public debate.
Remember your history
The late, great James Baldwin – for many, a gay hero – said:
“History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”
Yet, in the public debate on the “g…

Latest posts

UK Supreme Court judgment on "gay cake" is wrong

65 years since the ECHR came into force, and 65 years of struggle to gain "gay rights" under the ECHR

Expressing the view that "cops" are "lowbrows and hoodlums" who ought to be "ceremonially burnt", and why this is relevant to debates about hate speech

Are human rights a form of social control?

Seminar on "Same-Sex Marriage and the Law: European and International Approaches"

LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABOUT SAME-SEX COUPLES AND THE RIGHT TO MARRY

New article examining ECHR approach to asylum, migration, and sexual orientation discrimination