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Dolores Utrilla
13th January 2022
Human Rights Justice & Litigation

ECtHR declares gay-discrimination case inadmissible for lack of exhaustion of domestic remedies

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has declared the case Lee v. The United Kingdom (application no. 18860/19) inadmissible, on account of the failure by the applicant to invoke the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the proceedings before the domestic courts. 

The case concerned the refusal by a Christian-run bakery in North Ireland to make a cake (ordered by the applicant, whose money was refunded, in 2014) with the words ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the ‘QueerSpace’ (an organisation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Northern Ireland) logo on it. The events took place in 2014, not long after the Northern Irish Assembly had narrowly rejected legalising same-sex marriage for the third time


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