The Evangelical Alliance welcomes the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on Ashers bakery case

Welcoming the decision of the European Court of Human Rights today, Peter Lynas, former barrister and UK director of the Evangelical Alliance commented:

“After almost eight years, the saga of the not so gay cake case may finally now be over. Everyone’s human rights have been affirmed and everyone is better off after today's ruling which protects us all from compelled speech.

“Mr Lee’s application has been rejected and the ruling of the UK Supreme Court stands. This case was about freedom of conscience, speech and belief, and whether someone could be forced to create a message they profoundly disagreed with. Today’s ruling protects everyone from compelled speech.

“The Supreme Court found no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion. The issue was always the message rather than the messenger. In ruling the case inadmissible, the ECHR has effectively backed the Supreme Court ruling.”

Notes to editors

Peter Lynas is available for interview upon request. For more information, interview or image requests please contact Helen Locke (, 07920117595).

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