Lee v UK: Exhausting Domestic Remedies’

“Today a chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) handed down its decision in Lee v UK, declaring the application inadmissible. Mr Lee’s story is well-known. In 2014, Ashers Bakery (‘Ashers’) agreed to provide Mr Lee with a cake on which would be iced an image of Mr Lee’s choosing. At the time, Mr Lee did not provide details of what he wanted on the cake. In the end, the image Mr Lee chose was a colour picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie with the headline caption, ‘Support Gay Marriage’. Ashers staff then got in touch with Mr Lee, and said that because of their religious beliefs, they would be unable to fulfil the order …” (more)

[Tom Lowenthal, Oxford Human Rights Hub, 6 January]

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