Lillian Ladele definitely has reason to be smug.
The British registrar, who filed a lawsuit for the religious right to refuse gay unions, won her case. Citing religious discrimination, a tribunal has ordered the Islington Council to fork over yet-to-be determined payout.
The settlement, which will be hashed out in September, definitely sets a precedent:
The ruling that employees should not be required to act against their consciences has implications for the 18,000 same-sex ceremonies conducted nationwide each year and could encourage other registrars with strong religious beliefs to take a similar stance.
Gay activist group Stonewall doesn’t approve of the ruling, of course, remarking, “Doubtless there were those 40 years ago who claimed a moral objection to mixed marriages between people of different ethnic origin.”