CloserOnLine 8 July 2014
A Christian run bakery in Northern Ireland is facing legal action for refusing to bake a cake with Bert and Ernie on, as gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs.
The manager of Ashers Baking Company said that the client wanted the cake to have a slogan in support of gay marriage on it, as well as an image of Sesame Streets Bert and Ernie but he denied the order as it would be ‘at odds with what the Bible teaches’.
Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK where gay marriage is still illegal. The law is expected to be challenged later this year in the high court in Belfast. It is a possibility that action could go all the way to the European court of human rights.
A statement was published on the company’s website defending it’s decision to deny the order.
Daniel McArthur, Ashers Baking Company’s general manager said: “The directors and myself looked at it and considered it and thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs.