Registrar Lillian Ladele Loses Appeal

The National Secular Society has welcomed the ruling from the Court of Appeal that Registrar Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against by Islington Council when she demanded to be exempted from performing civil partnership ceremonies on religious grounds.

Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the NSS, said: “This is an extremely important decision for the protection of the rights of gay people in this country – and the right one. It establishes – we hope definitively - that because a person has strong religious views, it does not give them the right to discriminate against and deny services to others of whom they disapprove.

“Parliament has decided that gay people are entitled to civil partnerships and that their right to such a service be protected in law, so there should therefore be no opt outs on any grounds, religious or otherwise for public servants from performing these ceremonies.

“Christian conscience should not be a blanket licence to discriminate against others.”