[...] Lawyers for the gay couple then submitted documents to the Court of Appeal claiming the religious beliefs of Mr and Mrs Bull should have been disregarded, calling for the damages to be increased.
But today the EHRC said the cross appeal was an "error of judgment" by its legal team and was being withdrawn.
Legal director John Wadham said: "This morning we withdrew our cross appeal in this case.
"It was filed initially because of an error of judgment on the part of our legal team.
"They submitted the cross appeal in an attempt to clarify the law around how damages are calculated in cases such as this.
"This resulted in it appearing that Steve Preddy and Martyn Hall were seeking to increase the amount of damages they receive because Mr and Mrs Bull's Christian beliefs had led them to break the law.
"This was not our intention and it was certainly not the intention of Steve and Martyn.
"I would like to confirm that public money will not be spent funding a claim for increased damages in this case." Read more