Supreme Court judge calls for rethink on conscience clause
Supreme Court judge Baroness Hale of Richmond has said the law needs to work out “how far it should allow for a ‘conscience clause’” for service providers or employees who believe in traditional marriage.
The Deputy President of the UK’s Supreme Court called for a rethink six months after rejecting an appeal by Peter and Hazelmary Bull.
A same-sex couple sued B&B owners Mr and Mrs Bull over their policy of only allowing married couples to share a double bed; a policy based upon their deeply-held beliefs about marriage. In 2011, a County Court judge ruled against them and ordered them to pay damages of £3,600.
C4M believe that reasonable accommodation for conscience is needed now before more individuals and organisations find their reputations and livelihoods at risk for standing by their beliefs.