(LONDON GUARDIAN) Three British Christians who argued that their beliefs saw them wrongly disciplined by their employers for actions such as refusing to counsel same-sex couples have lost their legal battle at the European court ofhuman rights.
Shirley Chaplin, Gary McFarlane and Lillian Ladele had their appeals to the Strasbourg court rejected in January as part of the same ruling in which Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in attendant, won her fight against being banned from wearing a cross at work.
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The three whose cases were turned down sought to resolve the matter in the court's Grand Chamber, its final arbiter. However, judges at the court rejected the request, in effect ending the legal battle.