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Christian Family Loses Gay Cake Case

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The Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled against the owners of a bakery who appealed their case after they were accused of discrimination for refusing to make a cake with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage.”


Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan and two senior judges upheld County Court Judge Isobel Brownlie’s ruling that the McArthur family, owners of the Ashers Baking Company, discriminated against Gareth Lee.


The judges said that refusing service because of the slogan could be classified as “direct discrimination.”


“What they may not do is provide a service that only reflects their own political or religious message in relation to sexual orientation,” the judgment said.


In response to the ruling, Deputy Director for Public Affairs for the Christian Institute has called for the law to be changed to protect families like the McArthur family.


“Equality laws are there to protect people from discrimination, not to force people to associate themselves with a cause they oppose,” he said.


“But those same laws have become a weapon in the hands of those who want to oppress anyone who dissents from the politically-correct norms of the moment. The law needs to change before more damage is done.”


Said Daniel McArthur, general manager of the bakery: “We’re extremely disappointed with today’s ruling. If equality law means people can be punished for politely refusing to support other people’s causes, then equality law needs to change.


“This ruling undermines democratic freedom,” he continued. “It undermines religious freedom. It undermines free speech.”


Source: http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/christian-family-loses-gay-cake-case.html

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It used to be that many stores and restaurants had signs in them that said something to the effect of "we have the right to refuse service to anyone", and there didn't have to be any kind of a reason for refusing that service. of course, it probably was only used when the customer was being rowdy or belligerent or something similar. However, it seems reasonable to me that any person who owns a shop or business should be able to accept or reject any order that they want to, regardless of their reason for doing so.

I can see that a company has to provide insurance to anyone who works for them, regardless of their race, religion, or gender preference; but that is a totally different thing than someone who takes orders for something that they make, like the bakery,

Now, they would be forced to make up an excuse that they didn't have time, or something besides just saying that they don't want to do that cake, and that should be all they need to do and not have to give a reason why.

Personally, I don't think that it is bad if they did make the cake, and it is in no way condoning someone else's life style, just to make the cake; but each person has to do whatever seems right to them.

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