Support for bakers who face threat over marriage beliefs

Jul 23, 2014

A family-run bakery in Northern Ireland threatened with legal action for refusing to decorate a gay marriage campaign cake has received overwhelming public support. A ComRes poll of over 2,000 British adults found that 60 per cent agree it was “disproportionately heavy-handed” for the Equality Commission to seek to take the bakery to court.

The McArthur family, who own Ashers Baking Company, said they could not fulfil the order because of their conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman. The taxpayer-funded Equality Commission for Northern Ireland then sent a letter claiming that the company had acted unlawfully and said they would be sued unless they changed their stance.