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Published On: Fri, Nov 7th, 2014

Christian baker facing prosecution over refusing gay Bert and Ernie cake

The Christian bakers in northern Ireland who made headlines for refusing to make a cake which depicted Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie with the slogal “Support Gay Marriage” are now facing prosecution from the country’s Equality Commission.
 
Bert Ernie Support Gay Marriage cake photoThe Equality Commission announced Thursday that will pursue legal action against Ashers Baking Company, which is owned by Colin and Karen McArthur and managed by their son Daniel. 
 
The Equality Commission send a letter to Ashers last week, saying that they believe the company acted unlawfully by denying to the request to make the cake and their clients will be “seeking only modest damages for the upset and inconvenience caused.” The letter continued that, “failing this, a civil bill will be issued.” 
 
Daniel McArthur said that his family feels attacked for their traditional marriage values. 
 
“It feels like a David and Goliath battle because on one hand we have the Equality Commission who are a public body, they’re funded by taxpayers’ money, they have massive resources at their disposal whereas we are a small family business and we have limited resources at our disposal.
 
“We’re continuing to hold to the stand that we took originally because we believe it’s biblical, we believe it’s what God would want us to do, and we also think that if we do cave in to the Equality Commission at this point it’ll put pressure on other citizens who are defending their view of traditional marriage.”

Simon Calvert, spokesman for The Christian Institute, said: “It is simply baffling for a body supposedly working for equality to be threatening a Christian family, all because of a cake.

“The Equality Commission has taken four months to dream up new grounds on which to pursue the McArthur family, claiming that they’ve breached political discrimination laws.

“Is the Commission seriously saying that all business owners have to be willing to promote every political cause or campaign, no matter how much they disagree with it? Does a printer have no right to refuse to print posters for the BNP or Islamic State?

“The Commission is throwing the kitchen sink at this case, and is wasting tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money in the process.

“I doubt that many people in Northern Ireland will think this is a good use of their hard-earned tax money. I hope they will make their views known to the Commission.”

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