Prominent gay rights activist backs Christian bakers in cake row


Tatchell has said that the lawsuit against Ashers bakery was a ‘step too far’

The prominent gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, has said that he has changed his mind about a landmark legal ruling, involving a bakery run by Christians in Northern Ireland, which is due to be challenged this week.

Husband and wife Daniel and Amy McArthur, who run Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland, were told last year by Belfast High Court that they had unlawfully discriminated against a customer when they refused to bake him a cake with a pro gay-marriage slogan on it and were ordered to pay £500 in damages. Ashers Bakery’s appeal against the decision is due to begin on Wednesday.


You know, it pains me to say this as well, but I agree also. They aren’t refusing to bake a cake for a gay person, they are refusing to put a certain message on the cake. If this had been a swastika cake, no one would have a problem with their refusal.


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