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Religious beliefs can't be used as an excuse for discrimination

Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30

Ashers: may face legal action. Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ashers: may face legal action. Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Is a Christian bakery that refused to make a gay marriage wedding cake making a stand for religious freedom or breaching equality laws?

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When it comes to contentious cakes, one depicting 'Sesame Street' favourites Bert and Ernie doesn't immediately appear particularly controversial.

However, it was the slogan accompanying the embracing puppets, 'support gay marriage', that prompted Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, to cancel an order placed by Queerspace, an LGBT organisation.

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