N. Ireland Bakery Found Guilty Of Discrimination

It’s not just in the US that this is happening. It’s happening around the world, as it should.

District judge Isobel Brownlie delivered her 70-minute verdict to a packed courtroom this morning following a three-day hearing in March.

The bakery, in Newtonabbey, County Antrim, was accused of discrimination after declining the business of Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist, who had ordered a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” featuring the characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

The Northern Ireland Equality Commission took the bakery to Belfast County Court on behalf of Lee, who volunteers with Queer Space, a gay rights group. It claimed that the refusal of Lee’s business by Ashers contravened the Equality Act and the Fair Employment Act.