We’re all familiar with stories here in the United States revolving around business refusing service based on religious belief. Memories Pizza is still fresh in a lot of minds, but there is a more recent turn of events across the Atlantic in Northern Ireland. A bakery recently found itself in court for its refusal to make a cake celebrating gay marriage based on their religious beliefs. The story has been across the news in the weeks following the court’s ruling last month:
Last month, a judge ruled that Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland had discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with the words “support gay marriage”, along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
Gareth Lee commissioned the cake for an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The bakery initially accepted the order but called Mr Lee two days later to cancel.
The Judge on the case found that the bakery committed “direct discrimination for which there can be no justification” and many have agreed with the court’s decision despite the bakery’s claims that they only disagreed with the cake’s message, and not the person ordering it. News.com compares the incident to another in Denver involving a Denver bakery that refused an anti-gay cake and was taken to court for discriminating religious beliefs.