Simon Calvert defended the bakery's decision to appeal saying there were "very important principles at stake"
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'Gay cake' case: Christian Institute defends bakery decision to appeal discrimination ruling

The Christian Institute has defended the decision to appeal against a ruling that found a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer.

Simon Calvert said there were "very important principles at stake" in the case and it was not a matter of discriminating against a customer but refusing to be "co-opted into somebody else's campaign".

Ashers bakery was ordered to pay £500 for refusing to make a sponge cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it.

A Belfast court found that customer Gareth Lee had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

Mr Calvert added that the case was about whether a business can "be forced by the law to help promote a cause with which you fundamentally disagree".

He was speaking to BBC Newsline's Kerry Thompson.

  • 28 May 2015
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