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Bakery Refuses Order For 'Bert and Ernie' Cake Supporting Gay Marriage: VIDEO

Ashers bakery norhern ireland refuses order for cake

A bakery in Northern Ireland could face legal action from The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage.”

Based in Newtownabbey, Ashers was named after a verse from the Bible, which refers to "Bread from Asher,” reports RTE.

LGBT activist Gareth Lee asked for the cake, ordered to help mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, to be decorated with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” a logo for QueerSpace, and an image of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

Speaking to RTE, Ashers general manager Daniel McArthur said:

"I would like the outcome of this to be that any Christians running a business could be allowed to follow their Christian beliefs and principles in the day-to-day running of the business and that they are allowed to make decisions based on that."

The Christian Institute, which is supporting Ashers because “the case proves the need for the law to reasonably accommodate family-run businesses with firmly held beliefs,” said:

“When the order came through to the head office, the manager and directors decided to decline the request on conscience grounds, and offered a full refund.”

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland says that refusing to make the cake amounted to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and has written to Ashers asking that it remedies the situation within seven days or be taken to court.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K. where same-sex marriage remains illegal.

Last May, The Colorado Civil Rights Commission rejected a Denver-area bakery’s appeal of an earlier ruling that bakery owner Jack Phillips “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake."

Watch a video released by Ashers in which they comment on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. How did bakeries become the hotbed of gay civil rights? It just seems so random... but persistent.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Jul 8, 2014 2:33:44 PM

  2. "How did bakeries become the hotbed of gay civil rights?"

    Because nothing that bakeries make is essential. Everyone can go to another one that will be happy to bake any cake you want. But the obsessive desire to compel bakers to make cakes that they find objectionable, for any reason, demonstrates the totalitarian, fascist essence of the progressives. They cannot tolerate any disagreement. They wish to throw to jail anyone who thinks differently.

    Posted by: AG | Jul 8, 2014 3:21:19 PM

  3. AG is hilarious! Does he post these things just to get a rise out of people?

    Yes, I want to see these bakers imprisoned for life. After all, progressives love increasing the penalties for minor offenses....

    And the religious people with bizarre beliefs are just sweetly refusing to recognize the real world. These are the good guys?

    AG, at least try a lot less histrionics in your writing (and your thoughts)... your arguments might make some sense occasionally...

    ...but probably not....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jul 8, 2014 3:47:03 PM

  4. Nonsense, @AG. It's not about bakeries, or cakes. It's about whether the religious should get a special pass to discriminate that the rest of us aren't allowed. Believing that the religious shouldn't have special exemptions is hardly totalitarian or fascist, unless you want to make up new definitions for the words (or coin the ones FOX News has already come up with).

    If you oppose all non-discrimination laws (which perhaps you do) and believe that any business owner should be able to target anyone for exclusion (whites-only lunch counters are ok) then at least you're being intellectually consistent. But the Christian business owners never claim people should have the right to turn them away; they want that right exclusively for themselves.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 8, 2014 5:20:08 PM

  5. and yet the poster behind him says "four chili sausage rolls" which everyone knows is a latin 4-way

    Posted by: fa | Jul 8, 2014 5:48:41 PM

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