Northern Ireland: Christian Baking Company Refuses To Bake ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake

Bert_and_ErnieA baking company in Northern Ireland are facing legal action from the British Government, after the company refused to bake a cake for a novelty cake in support of equal marriage.

Ashers Baking Company, based in Newtownabbey in County Antrim, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring the Sesame Street characters, Bert & Ernie, alongside the words “Support Gay Marriage”. The cake would have also featured the logo of QueerSpace, a local gay rights group. 

Since the baking company refused to make the novelty cake, stating that it went against the religious beliefs of the company’s directors, the bakers have been called to rethink their actions. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland wrote to Ashers, stating that the Newtownabbey company was in breach of the law, and that if the “illegal discrimination” is not rectified within seven days, the Commission will take the bakers to court.

It remains to be seen whether or not the owners of the baking company will react to the Equality Commission’s letter, although the company already has the support of the Christian Institute in the UK, which called the reaction to the bakers’ decision as “nonsense”.

Northern Ireland is still the only region of the UK that does not have plans to introduce marriage equality, despite it being the first region of the UK to officiate a civil partnership in December 2005.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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