Lawyer: Murky wording would make anti-gay baker lawsuit tricky

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Monday, 9 July 2018, 9:21PM
A Warkworth couple were told by a baker that she would not make them a cake due to her religion. (Photo / FIle)

A baker in Warkworth has refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

The case comes after a similar saga unfolded in the United States, which escalated all the way to the Supreme Court for a verdict.

However, the lesbian couple have not taken the baker to court, but have warned people from using the cake shop if they support marriage equality.

Lawyer Steve Cullen told Chris Lynch it would appear that the baker has breached the Bill of Rights.

However, should it go to court, the current legislation would cause some conflict.

“There seems to be a defence, potentially under Section 15 of the Bill of Rights Act, which says that people are entitled to manifest their religion in public or private. That’s the clash that would have to be determined in court.”

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