Another Bakery Has Refused To Make A Cake For A Gay Couple

“My gut instinct told me the cake was refused because it celebrated gay marriage.”

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing criticism after it refused to make an engagement cake with a pro-marriage equality slogan for a gay couple.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 26:   A customer of Asher's Bakery walks past one of their shops on March 26, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ashers, a Christian-run bakery triggered a discrimination row when it refused to bake a cake for the gay rights group Queerspace who had ordered the cake for an anti-homophobic event in May, 2014. The court action was brought by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, after the Newtownabbey-based business turned down an order for the cake bearing the slogan 'Support gay marriage'. The body claims Ashers' decision infringes on equality laws, and raises questions over when and how businesses can refuse service due to sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images).
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Ashers bakery rejected the cake order of Grainne McCann, a friend of engaged couple Joe Palmer and Andy Wong. The London native ordered and paid for the cake online, only to have the request denied the next day.

“The wording we requested was ’Gay marriage rocks! Happy engagement, Andy and Joe! Lots of love xxx,'” she told Sunday Life. “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.”

Grainne McCann Gay cake made by Londoncakes.com Ashers story A Gordon 28/04/17
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To prove her point, she then ordered a christening cake for her goddaughter Leila, which the bakery was more than happy to make.

“A woman from the company even offered to drive it to its destination in Dublin as a favor because she was going that way,” McCann added. “This was terribly kind, but I felt angry and sad that Ashers’ attitude to gay people is so different.”

McCann quickly switched gears and ordered the cake from a London baker, who gladly prepared the confection for the couple.

“Obviously, if someone wanted a racist cake for an English Defense League meeting, we’d say no, but I don’t have the right to judge others’ views unless they’re illegal,” said Londoncakes.com owner Graham Brooks, who baked the cake for Palmer and Wong.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 24: Daniel McArthur (L), managing director of Ashers Bakery and his wife Amy McArthur (R) hold a press conference as they outside Belfast high court alongside family members for the so called 'Gay Cake' case verdict on October 24, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ashers Bakery, a local business in Northern Ireland run by an evangelical Christian family is appealing a decision at Belfast Magistrates court last year that found that they had discriminated against gay activist Gareth Lee. Mr Lee had ordered a cake to mark international day against homophobia featuring the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and bearing a pro gay marriage message. Unlike the rest of the United Kindom or the Republic of Ireland same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Northern Ireland. Several attempts to change the law in the province have met with opposition from the largest political party, the Democratic Unionist Party. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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This is the second time the evangelical Christian bakery has landed in hot water for refusing to work with LGBT customers.

In October, judges upheld a finding that owners Daniel and Amy McArthur had discriminated against a man on the basis of sexual orientation after he ordered a cake to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia.

Though Palmer and Wong were saddened by the bakery’s refusal to work with McCann, they’re choosing celebrate the love of family and friends in the weeks before their nuptials.

“In my view, by turning away business based on the sexual orientation of the consumer they risk being sued again,” McCann said.

“My friends and I don’t want to sue—Andy and Joe want to focus on their forthcoming happy day—but others might want to take action.”

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