NA BY FORCE? Bakery Threatened With Law Suit For Refusing To Bake ‘Gay Cake’

A Christian family in Northern Ireland is
being threatened with legal action for
refusing to bake a cake in support of gay
rights yesterday hit back, saying they
should be able to run their business in
line with their religious beliefs.
Ashers Baking Company – named after a
verse in the Bible – turned down an order
for a cake featuring Sesame Street
puppets Bert and Ernie and the slogan
‘Support gay marriage’.
They were threatened with legal action
after the gay rights activist who placed
the order complained that equality laws
had been breached. But yesterday general
manager Daniel McArthur said he was
determined to make a stand.
Gareth Lee placed the order several
weeks ago at a branch of Ashers in
Belfast, one of six shops run by the
Northern Ireland-based business. It is
named after one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
According to the Book of Genesis in the
Old Testament, ‘Bread from Asher shall be
rich and he shall yield royal dainties.’
Mr Lee wanted a ‘celebration cake’
decorated with an image of Sesame Street
puppets Bert and Ernie, who have been
adopted as unofficial mascots by same-
sex marriage campaigners in the US
based on an urban myth that they are
gay couple.
It was to have featured the slogan
‘Support gay marriage’.

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The request was passed to 24-year-old
Mr McArthur’s parents, Colin and Karen,
the firm’s founders, who declined to fulfil
the order as it went against their religious
beliefs, offering a refund instead.
‘It was in contradiction with what the
Bible teaches and on the following
Monday we rang up the customer to let
him know that we could not take his
order,’ he said.
Mr Lee is understood to have complained
to the Equality Commission of Northern
Ireland, which wrote to Ashers warning of
legal action in the county court for
breaching the law by discriminating
against the customer on the grounds of
his sexual orientation.

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