“Gay cake” ruling
A Belfast bakery found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a cake with a progay marriage slogan has lost its appeal. Last year, a court found that Ashers Bakery’s refusal to bake a cake iced with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” amounted to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. The bakery owners appealed, arguing that the slogan went against their Christian beliefs. But this week, the Court of Appeal rejected this, on the grounds that writing it on a cake did not equate to endorsing gay marriage. Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was among those who condemned the verdict as a restriction on free speech.
Nuisance callers could be fined up to £1m, as part of a new crackdown. Firms can already be fined up to £500,000 for breaching rules on unsolicited calls – which account for 40% of all calls in the UK – but many avoid paying by declaring bankruptcy, then reopen with a new name. Under rules due to come into effect next spring, directors could be personally fined an additional sum of up to £500,000. Nuisance callers will also have to display their caller ID.