Patrick Stewart Backs Bakery’s Right Not to Make a Cake with a Pro-Gay Marriage Message

Don’t make it so if you don’t agree with it:

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.

Talking on Newsnight, the actor said: “Finally, I found myself on the side of the bakers.”

Stewart argued that nobody should be forced to write specific text that they disagreed with.

“It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them,” said Stewart. “It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive.”

He continued: “I would support their rights to say no, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.”


  • Clausewitz

    The Bakery should have just said they didn’t have the authority to infringe on Sesame Street’s copy write.

    • Frances

      Think it’s copyright, but get your meaning. Or they could just have claimed they were secretly Muslim

  • kkruger71

    Wow, Stewart is a bit of a darling of the left. Let’s see if and how quickly they eat one of their own on this one.

    • The Butterfly

      I wonder what Gandalf thinks of this.

  • John

    I’m gay and completely with this. You cannot force someone to like anything. I cannot stand the antics and provocations of these gay Brownshirts.
    Imagine if a fundie Muslim were to approach a bakery owned by gays and demanded they decorate a cake with the phrase “Allah thinks Gays are sinful”… to celebrate Ramadan!
    Imagine the kerfuffle were the bakery to refuse the request.
    Think Diet Coke on an airplane…

  • A human being cannot ethically be forced to do something against his conscience. If he or she is so forced, he/she is effectively a slave.

  • dukestreet

    There was a video of a Muslim bakery just telling the gays to go elsewhere. Of course, they did. Don’t want to expect the same thing from Muslims that you demand of Christians.