Statement re Ashers Bakery Issue
10 November 2014
In the light of the on-going case of Ashers Bakery and the Equality Commission the Council on Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Methodist Church has issued the following Statement
"We are deeply concerned about the decision of the Equality Commission to support legal action against Ashers Bakery following that Company's decision to refuse to make a cake with a slogan supporting Gay Marriage. It is our belief that at the centre of this dispute there is the matter of conscience for Ashers.
"We commend the Company for their willingness to take a stance for the sake of conscience. If Ashers Bakery should suffer as a consequence of taking this stand how bizarre that the Commission action would have been in the name of ‘equality’. "
Rev Dr David Clements. (Chair Northern Executive CSR) - 93362202