Company statement

RE the Supreme Court from the founder, Tony Xu

This isn’t just about standing up against discrimination, I hope our stance serves as an example of exactly where this kind of judgement could lead us. Where does it end?

One of our photographers was recently booked for a ‘business event’. As the screengrab of the booking, below, shows, we knew little more than the time, date, location and key points of the photography booking. It is not uncommon to be booked to photograph media events, and we were unaware of the details of the case being heard. The customer information we had was a name and number.

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We later found out that the customer was charity and lobby group Christian Institute, paying all fees for the family that owned the bakery embroiled in a four-year long legal case, after taking a booking and then refusing to make a cake with the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’.

It’s been accepted in the highest court in the UK that private companies can accept bookings and then, if they feel that it goes against their morals, refuse that booking if it offends their sensibilities and it not be counted as discriminatory.

As such, I have made the decision to refuse to hand over the photographs and fully refund the Christian Institute.

The photographer booked on the day has been paid in full for their time. The Christian Institute paid for a 3-hour shoot package including editing, all original JPEGs and 24-hour Delivery add-ons as opposed to the company’s usual 48-hour service. This statement is within that 24-hour period, and the customer has been contacted with our decision.

We appreciate that this looks like tit for tat, and it is. We are proud to have been booked for many religious ceremonies, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim celebrations. We’ve also been booked often for same-sex weddings, including high-profile individuals. In short, we welcome customers from all backgrounds.

When our photographer on the ground learned what it was while doing the job, they felt immediately uncomfortable with the situation, as many members of the public are, but remained professional. As soon as I found out though, I realised this was an opportunity to highlight exactly why this kind of result is damaging.

This isn’t just about standing up against discrimination, I hope our stance serves as an example of exactly where this kind of judgement could lead us. Where does it end?

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