‘It’s obvious now that homosexual rights take priority over religious rights’
An Inishowen Christian activist has slammed as “a sad day for religious freedom” a ruling by the North’s Court of Appeal that a Belfast bakery had discriminated against a gay man by refusing to bake him a cake in support of gay marriage.
The court found that Asher’s bakery had discriminated against gay rights campaigner Gareth Lee on grounds of sexual orientation.
The bakery had been appealing the 2014 decision of the Belfast County Court, which found it guilty of discrimination after refusing to produce a cake in support of gay marriage featuring images of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
The three appeal judges last week upheld that verdict, ruling that a supplier may provide a “particular service to all or to none but not to a selection of customers based on prohibited grounds”.
However, Buncrana’s Mary Doherty strongly criticised their decision, claiming it is at odds with the notion of a diverse and tolerant society.
“The ruling by the court in the Asher bakery case is a sad day for religious freedom and freedom of conscience. It’s obvious now that homosexual rights take priority over religious rights,” she said.
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