Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Christian-owned bakery which refused to make 'Bert and Ernie' gay marriage cake found GUILTY
Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company has been found guilty of 'direct discrimination' for refusing to make a cake for gay rights activist Gareth Lee (pictured outside court after the ruling, right), which featured the motto 'Support Gay Marriage'.
The Northern Ireland Equality Commission took the bakery to court on behalf of Mr Lee after the firm refused to make the cake which featured an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie (inset) and supported gay marriage. Giving her ruling at Belfast County Court, district judge Isobel Brownlie said: 'The defendants have unlawfully discriminated against the plaintiff on grounds of sexual discrimination. Daniel McArthur (pictured outside court today, left), Ashers general manager, who was supported by his wife Amy and other family members in court today, said prior to the hearing that the bakery had rejected the order because it 'cannot promote a cause that goes against what the Bible says'.