The Great British Bake Off

A Northern Ireland bakery run by Christian owners has lost their appeal over their refusal to make a “gay cake”. An appeal court has upheld the original court’s decision that Ashers discriminated against a gay man, Gareth Lee.

The family-run firm refused to make a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” two years ago for Mr Lee, a member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, who had ordered a cake featuring Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” for a private function marking the International Day Against Homophobia. He paid £36.50 for the cake at Ashers’ Belfast city centre branch but was telephoned two days later and told the company could not make it for him.

Daniel McArthur, the company’s general manager, insisted Mr Lee’s sexuality was never an issue, rather the message he wanted the bakery to create.

Ashers appeal was supported by The Christian Institute.