Northern Ireland bakery Ashers has been slammed after it refused to make an engagement cake with a same-sex marriage slogan for a man and his partner.
Joe Palmer, who is to wed long-term love Andy Wong this summer, says he’s hurt by the refusal to bake the cake ordered just weeks after a landmark Court of Appeal ruling against the firm run by Christian family the McArthurs.
In October judges upheld a finding that Ashers had discriminated against customer Gareth Lee due to his sexuality when it refused his order for a cake with a pro-gay marriage motto.
Joe’s friend Grainne McCann ordered and paid for the cake online, only to have the order rejected the next day.
London-based Grainne, who is from Northern Ireland, told Sunday Life: “The wording we requested was ‘Gay marriage rocks! Happy engagement, Andy and Joe! Lots of love xxx’. We were thrilled when Ashers accepted our online order, and full payment of £23.40 plus £20 P&P, but the next day they sent the cancellation note and a refund.
“My gut instinct told me the cake was refused because it celebrated gay marriage.”
To prove her point, Grainne then ordered a christening cake for her goddaughter Leila.
“Ashers couldn’t have been happier to make that cake,” she said.
“A woman from the company even offered to drive it to its destination in Dublin as a favour, because she was going that way.
“This was terribly kind, but I felt angry and sad that Ashers’ attitude to gay people is so different.”
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SOURCE: Belfast Telegraph