Supreme Court judge calls for rethink on conscience clause

Jun 20, 2014

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.