Three Court of Appeals judges have ruled against a bakery that refused to bake a cake with a pro-same-sex-marriage message. The Belfast Court found that Ashers Baking Company discriminated against Gareth Lee who wanted a wedding cake. The bakery violated Northern Ireland’s Equality Act Regulations that went into effect in 2006.
The cake, which was to feature Bert and Ernie embracing one another with the message “Support Gay Marriage,” was too much for the bakery’s owners Colin and Karen McArthur (whose son is the managing director of the company).
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan and Lord Justices Weatherup and Weir said that the supplier may provide a “particular service to all or to none but not to a selection of customers based on prohibited grounds.” They added, “In the present case the appellants might elect not to provide a service that involves any religious or political message. What they may not do is provide a service that only reflects their own political or religious message in relation to sexual orientation.” [IrishTimes]