Dispute over gay marriage-themed cake in Northern Ireland returns to Supreme Court

A Christian-run bakery in Northern Ireland is appealing two court rulings.

The bakers refunded his order, which was part of a same-sex marriage campaign event, and declined to make the cake, saying the message went against their Christian faith.

Lee sued the bakery in 2015 and was backed by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission. The incident made him feel “like a lesser person,” he said.

The bakery had said its disagreement was not with the customer, but with the message requested on the cake.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this year or in early 2019.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. that does not allow same-sex marriage because it is a matter for the regional government.

But the Northern Ireland Assembly hasn’t functioned for more than a year after the collapse of a power-sharing agreement.

The Republic of Ireland, a deeply Christian country, legalized same-sex marriage in November 2015 after a historic referendum.