A Bakery Refused To Bake A “Support Gay Marriage” Cake

The bakery said it went against their religious beliefs.

LGBT activist Gareth Lee asked for this cake to be made in a Christian-run bakery in Northern Ireland.


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Ashers Baking Company, a Christian-run bakery in Northern Ireland, declined to make the cake with a picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie on it, as the owners of the bakery said it went against their religious beliefs.

General manager of the bakery Daniel McArthur, 24, said: “We thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs, certainly was in contradiction with what the Bible teaches.” The bakery is being supported by The Christian Institute who says it is not discriminatory for managers to refuse to endorse a political campaign. Gay marriage is legal in England, but illegal in Northern Ireland.

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But the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland have written a letter saying that refusing to print the cake amounted to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation against the man who placed the order.


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Ashers Baking Company is now facing legal action.

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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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