Bakers refuse order from gay couple
The BBC has reported that a Christian-run bakery that refused a customer's request to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage could face a discrimination case in court.
Ashers Baking Company declined an order from a gay rights activist, asking for cake featuring the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie.
The customer also wanted the cake to feature the logo of a Belfast-based campaign group called "Queerspace".
The County Antrim firm could now face legal action from the Equality Commission.
The watchdog confirmed it is assisting the customer whose order was refused and has written to the baking company on his behalf.
The cake was ordered for a civic event in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The bakery directors issued a statement through general manager, Daniel McArthur, who defended the decision saying marriage in Northern Ireland "still is defined as being a union between one man and one woman" and said his company was taking "a stand".
In a statement, the watchdog said: "The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland provides advice and can provide assistance to people who complain to us that they have suffered unlawful discrimination. In this case the commission has granted assistance to the complainant, and has written to the company concerned on his behalf."
They added, "The commission will consider any response before taking further action."
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