Northern Ireland bakery that refused to make a cake for queers may end up in court

How disappointing, to see Ulster go that way…

A Christian-run bakery that refused a customer’s request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.

Ashers Baking Company declined an order from a gay rights activist, asking for cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie.

The customer also wanted the cake to feature the logo of a Belfast-based campaign group called “Queerspace”.

The County Antrim firm could face legal action from the Equality Commission.

The watchdog confirmed it is assisting the customer whose order was refused and has written to the baking company on his behalf.

The cake was ordered for a civic event in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The bakery, which was founded in Newtownabbey in 1992, is run by the McArthur family.

The directors, who are Christians, operate six shops in Northern Ireland and employ 62 people.

The firm’s 24-year-old general manager, Daniel McArthur, said marriage in Northern Ireland “still is defined as being a union between one man and one woman” and said his company was taking “a stand”.

Good for them! Glad to see they’re getting help from a Christian organization, too.

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6 thoughts on “Northern Ireland bakery that refused to make a cake for queers may end up in court

  1. Let’s hope the precious homosexuals don’t bankrupt Ashers Baking Company with their perverted sense of injustice. If Moslems or Buddhists or even Jews refused to put their queer mottos on the cake the ‘boys’ would have been told to pull in their heads. So far as I know, homosexuality is still regarded as an abomination, and Leviticus hasn’t been changed. Surely a Christian business has the right to refuse custom that offends its values. Even the most disreputable prostitute has the right to refuse transactions. The bakery should be entitled to bake a cake.

    • Northern Ireland still being more conservative – no gay marriage there – with lots of Christians, I see them being rallied around by the Christian community; the only bankruptcy threat would arise from excessive cost in defending themselves in court, and/or having to shill out lots of dough if they lose… Alas, that’s all too possible, even there…

  2. That’s what I was thinking-not that the bakery would lose custom. Thirty years ago being homosexual was a crime. Now they’re trying to make healthy hetreosexuality a queer thing, the vindictive twerps.

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