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Northern Ireland Christian bakery refuses to make gay Bert and Ernie cake

Northern Ireland Christian bakery refuses to make gay Bert and Ernie cake

A Christian-run bakery that refused to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake could be facing court.

Ashers Baking Company, based in Northern Ireland, declined an order from a gay rights activist that wanted to support same-sex marriage with dessert.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage.

Daniel McArthur, the general manager, said the cake was refused because it is ‘at odds with our beliefs’.

The Equality Commission is assisting the customer with legal action.

A letter signed by the legal office orders the firm to remedy ‘illegal discrimination’ within seven days or be taken to court by the commission.

‘In this case the commission has granted assistance to the complainant, and has written to the company concerned on his behalf,’ the watchdog said in a statement.

‘The commission will consider any response before taking further action.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that has not passed a law allowing same-sex marriage.