Today the European Court has decisively ruled that while workers retain the right to express their religious belief in their place of employment, they may not use their religious beliefs to deny access to goods, facilities and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Speaking on the Court’s ruling, John O’Doherty Director of The Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland’s largest LGBT organisation said:

‘We welcome this landmark ruling from the European Court on Human Rights. While we had always supported Nadia Eweida’s right to wear her cross, as a symbol of her faith, in the workplace, we were adamant that the McFarlane and Ladele claims of discrimination must fall.

Religious belief cannot be used as a smokescreen for discrimination and all service providers must recognise that they may not pick and choose which members of the public are worthy of accessing services.

We hope that the organisations which insisted on bringing these claims to the European Court now recognise that there is nothing to be gained by consistently making claims of widespread discrimination against Christians without evidence or merit. The law has been tested and equality has won.’



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