Lillian Ladele, a registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships “as a matter of religious conscience”, argued that Islington Council discriminated against her. The case is quite simple, really. Ladele wanted to employ religion in her work at a secular institution to enact a secular law. The Christian Institute bankrolled the case. Ladele initially won the case in July 2008, but this ruling was overturned in March 2009.
The Polari Rebel Scum looked at the Ladele case and the media coverage of it in some detail.
The Court of Appeal ruling on December 15, 2009, is a landmark ruling because it clarifies the position of employees who object to aspects of their work on religious grounds.