Before and during the formation of the United Kingdom , Christianity and homosexuality were seen to clash. Same-sex sexual activity was characterised as "sinful" and, under the Buggery Act , was outlawed and punishable by death. LGB rights first came to prominence following the decriminalisation of sexual activity between men, in in England and Wales , and later in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Sexual activity between women was never subject to the same legal restriction. Since the turn of the 21st century, LGBT rights have increasingly strengthened in support. Some discrimination protections had existed for LGBT people since , but were extended to all areas under the Equality Act
Equality Law in Great Britain
Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations – Seán Crossan's Scots Law
The Equality Act Sexual Orientation Regulations are secondary legislation in the United Kingdom , outlawing discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education and public functions on the grounds of sexual orientation. The legislation is made under powers granted by the Equality Act Regulations made under section 81 cover Great Britain i. Provisions to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief were already enshrined in the primary Equality Act However, the Labour Party had not originally wanted to prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Instead, MPs and Peers agreed to delegate the drafting of regulations to a Government minister. This paved the way for a lengthy public consultation   followed by months of Cabinet wrangling   before an agreed text was finally laid before Parliament in spring
The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007
Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash. The only gay in the village became a household phrase in the UK thanks to the long running Little Britain sitcom TV and radio series which has been broadcast by the BBC since Such individuals should not be subjected to direct discrimination Section 13 ; indirect discrimination Section 19 ; harassment Section 26 ; and victimisation Section
The Supreme Court said no. They said Ashers bakery had the right to refuse to decorate the cake with the message supporting gay marriage, as it was the message they objected to, not the person who ordered the cake. Producing the cake would have been in breach of the baker's rights permitting it not to express a particular opinion.