The unequal conduct of The Equality Commission has been highlighted in the ruling of two different courts in this case. Both the Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court have both seen fit to make comment on the unequal conduct of The Equality Commission when ruling on the Ashers case.
Both court rulings have highlighted the unequal treatment that was meeted out to the respective parties in this case. The Equality Commission were only too swift to take the side of the complainant, Garth Lee, and pursue the Ashers Baking Co. on grounds of discrimination. They accepted the complainant's side of the story verbatim, without question, and furthermore without any attempt to establish the facts from the Ashers Baking Co.
In the course of the hearing concern was expressed about the role of the Equality Commission in the pursuit of this case. It was made clear to us that the Commission recognised its role in ensuring that all elements of Northern Ireland society participate in the commercial space. To that end we have been assured that the Commission is available to give advice and assistance to those such as the appellants who may find themselves in difficulties as a result of their deeply held religious beliefs.