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Published On: Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

Christian bakers refuse Bert and Ernie ‘Support Gay Marriage’ cake, may get sued

Refusing a gay marriage cake has a Christian-run bakery in a legal firestorm as an Ireland Government agency may seek legal action after they refused to make a cake featuring the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”.

Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland refused the novelty cake with a picture of the duo arm-in-arm beneath the slogan noting it was against the directors’ religious beliefs. Queer Space, a gay rights group, requested the cake.

Bert Ernie Support Gay Marriage cake photoThe Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has now written to the firm claiming that it is breaking the law. A Monday letter signed by the legal office orders the firm to “remedy your illegal discrimination” within seven days or be taken to court by the commission.

It claimed that refusing to print the cake amounted to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation against the man who placed the order.

Gay marriage is not legal in Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK in which it is not on the statute book. The Christian institute, which is supporting the bakery, says it is not discriminatory for managers to refuse to endorse a political campaign.

Colin Hart, chief executive of the Christian Institute, said: “This is a sign of things to come exactly as we predicted.

“The Government repeatedly failed to listen to members of the public, lawyers, constitutional experts even its own MPs when they called for safeguards to protect those who back traditional marriage, especially those who work in the public sector.

“Now this nonsense, more usually associated with the public sector, is being applied to the private sector.

“This means millions of ordinary people who do not agree with gay marriage, face intimidation and the real threat of legal action from the forces of political correctness if they, out of conscience, decline to provide good or services to campaign groups they do not agree with or support.

“It establishes a dangerous precedent about the power of the state over an individual, or business to force them to go against their deeply held beliefs.”

A Colorado man lost his battle in court for refusing on religious grounds and Oregon’s Sweet Melissa’s was swept into a media frenzy which devastated her business for refusing a lesbian cake. Latest HERE

Bert and Ernie found themselves embroiled in homosexuality debates when the New Yorker featured them on their cover – check out that story HERE

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