So the Gay Cake affair appears to be drawing to a close. The essence of the UK’s Supreme Court ruling appears to be that Ashers was discriminating against the cake rather than the gay man who had placed the order with them.
It’s an odd, but very expensive, one. Thus far combined legal costs are up to nearly half a million. That will hurt the Equality Commission. Already, their inveterate opponents like (the still suspended) Ian Paisley MP is talking up a review their funding.
It is their job to provide such a challenge function in Northern Ireland (even if our local authorities often pay them no heed). But in this one, the fact that the full bench was unanimous suggests in all practical senses they have reached the end of the road.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty