24/10/2016

Ashers Bakery Loses Appeal For Refusing To Make 'Gay Cake'

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

The Court of Appeal ruled against Ashers Bakery's appeal on Monday, 24 October.

They refused to bake the cake which featured puppets Bert and Ernie for gay activist Gareth Lee.

In a case taken by the Equality Commission, District Judge Isobel Brownlie said that the bakery had broken sexual orientation and political discrimination law and ordered it to pay £500.
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However she also said the Equality Commission should have offered advice to the McArthur family during the case.

Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch has said the ruling is a victory for common sense and equality. 

He said: "Today's decision from the Court of Appeal is welcome and makes sense.

"The original decision was the correct one and I'm glad it has been upheld.

"This is the right decision and represents another step forward for equality.

"Equality must be paramount and all forms of discrimination must be challenged."

(CD)

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