28/05/2015

Ashers Bakery To Appeal Discrimination Ruling

A Christian-run bakery who lost a discrimination case is to appeal the judges decision.

Ashers Bakery was ordered to pay £500 for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.

The bakery was asked by Gareth Lee to make a cake with Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie with a motto in support of gay marriage.

Judge Isobel Brownlie said that Mr Lee had been discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation.

However, the owners of the company, the McArthur family, have decided to appeal the ruling.
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In a statement, the family said: "After much careful and prayerful consideration given to legal advice, we have decided to appeal the judgement handed down last Tuesday.

"We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no individual but rather acted according to what the Bible teaches regarding marriage.

"As many other people have already noted, Christian beliefs seem to have been trampled over in this judgment and we believe this only has negative effects for our society.

"Our hope and prayer would be that an appeal will allow us and other Christians to live out their faith in Jesus Christ in every part of their lives, including their workplace."

(CD)

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