Bakers in Northern Ireland Guilty of Discrimination Over Gay Marriage Cake

Ashers Baking Company in County Antrim were taken to court by gay rights activist Gareth Lee and were found to have discriminated against him on the grounds of sexual orientation and his political beliefs.
Lee approached a branch of the bakery in Belfast’s Royal Avenue last year, asking them to bake a cake featuring Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street and the message "Support Gay Marriage," in honour of Andrew Muir, Northern Ireland's first openly gay mayor.
The family-run business refused to make the cake, citing religious reasons. General manager Daniel McArthur said the request was “at odds with what the Bible teaches."
Lee subsequently took them to court, and district judge Isobel Brownlie ruled in his favour Tuesday, saying that the family are "conducting a business for profit," not a religious group.



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