October 10, 2018
LGBT activists used to complain that Americans were behind the times when it came to issues like same-sex marriage. Now, three years after Obergefell, it seems the U.S. is the one out of step!
Most countries, the State Department will tell you, have never legalized same-sex marriage. Only about 12 percent of the U.N. member nations even allow it. And this week, Americans got another reminder of how conservative the world is on the issue yesterday, when the U.K. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for two Christian bakers who'd been sued for refusing to make a cake with the words "Support Gay Marriage" on the top.
Like the U.S.'s Jack Phillips, their issue wasn't with the customer -- it was with the message. As a Bible-believing couple, the owners of Asher's Bakery explained that the idea conflicted with their faith and offered to give the client a refund. But it wasn't a refund he wanted -- it was revenge. Gareth Lee decided to file a discrimination complaint with the local Equality Commission, demanding that the bakery fill the request or explain themselves in court. For four years, the family fought for the right to live out their faith at work.
And now, thanks to the country's Supreme Court, they can. "I know a lot of people will be glad to hear this ruling today," Asher's manager Daniel McArthur told reporters, "because [it] protects freedom of speech and freedom of conscience for everyone." The result is even more amazing when you consider that the U.K. lacks a lot of the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy. As FRC's Travis Weber said, "This is really good news. Not much good for religious freedom has come out of Western Europe in recent years, but this result is certainly promising to see."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.