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Judge upholds ruling against Northern Ireland bakery that refused gay cake

Judge upholds ruling against Northern Ireland bakery that refused gay cake
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A victory against an anti-gay bakery in Northern Ireland will stand, The Guardian reports.

North Ireland’s attorney general missed the deadline for filing an appeal with the supreme court in a discrimination case against a bakery that refused to make a pro-gay cake. Lawyers for the family that owns the bakery lost another appeal a week prior.

“We do not consider there are exceptional circumstances in this case which require us to re-open proceedings,” Declan said in his judgement that the appeal was too late.

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake that said “Support Gay Marriage” and ordered them to pay 500 pounds to the customer who sought the cake, local gay rights activist Gareth Lee. He had requested the cake for an International Day Against Homophobia event in 2014.

In an earlier ruling, Declan noted: “The fact that a baker provides a cake for a particular team or portrays witches on a Halloween cake does not indicate any support for either.”

Lee’s legal action was supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

 

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