[Ed. – We’ll adopt a hopeful perspective and believe that his independence of mind will survive the backlash.]
Patrick Stewart has weighed into the ‘gay cake’ debate, saying that he supports the right of the Christian bakers to refuse to ice messages they find offensive.
Ashers Bakery lost a court case after refusing to make a cake with the words “support gay marriage” above a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
The McArthur family who own the bakery were found guilty of unlawful discrimination and fined £500.
The bakery’s general manager Daniel McArthur said: “We don’t want to be forced to promote a cause which is against our biblical beliefs. We’ve had a lot of support from people who disagree with our stance on same-sex marriage. They think that we should have the freedom to decline an order that conflicts with our conscience.”
They are set to appeal the decision.
While many celebrated the ruling as a blow for equal rights, Patrick Stewart said that he backed the bakery.