Today the Strasbourg court will hear complaints in four test cases about the freedom of Christians to wear crosses at work and to refuse to support same sex relationships.
The cases involve article 9 (freedom of religion) and article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention of Human Rights.
All four cases involve practising Christians who allege they were discriminated against in the workplace. Ms Eweida, a British Airways employee and Ms Chapman, a nurse, complain that their employers prevented them from wearing crosses visibly at work. Ms Ladelle, a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, lost her job as a registrar after she refused to officiate at same sex civil partnerships ceremonies and Mr McFarlane, a Relate Counsellor, was dismissed as a counsellor because his employer believed he would not provide counselling to same sex couples.
The outcome of these cases will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.
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