Honestly, we’re a little surprised…
If you haven’t heard, Ashers Bakery in Belfast, Ireland recently lost a court case when a judge ruled that the baker Daniel McArthur had “unlawfully discriminated” against a gay rights activist.
Gareth Lee asked for a cake that had the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie on it with the words “Support Gay Marriage” in icing. McArthur refused to make it, giving the following reason:
“We don’t want to be forced to promote a cause which is against our biblical beliefs.”
Ashers Bakery have been ordered by the court to pay 500 pounds ($765) in damages for discrimination. However, they have said that they’re going to appeal.
Now it seems they have some support from an unlikely source: Sir Patrick Stewart! The X-Men star has come out backing the bakery for their decision!
Stewart explained on Newsnight:
“It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them. It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive.”
He went on to say:
“I would support their rights to say ‘no, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.'”
While we obviously abhor the bakery’s viewpoint on gay marriage, we understand Sir Patrick’s point about personal freedom.
But even though we don’t want to force someone kicking and screaming into the 21st century, isn’t this kind of law in place to protect people from having their own rights trampled on?
What do you think??
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