Homophobic Baker Denied Service by Photographer On “Moral Grounds”

Homophobic Baker Denied Service by Photographer On “Moral Grounds”

For some reason, it seems that during the fight for equality, Christian bakers have the biggest cross to bear when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion. We’ve seen numerous cases of same-sex couples being denied service by these business owners, which makes it to the highest courts.

The most recent case would be that of Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland. On Wednesday, the UK Supreme Court sided with the bakery after they refused to bake a cake that read “support gay marriage.” The court found that the bakery was not guilty of homophobic discrimination, citing their right to “freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”

And in a karmic twist, the baking company soon found themselves on the other side of this battle. The Christian Institute, the anti-LGBTQ lobbying group that bankrolled the bakery’s legal fees, was denied service from a photography company they hired to capture the press statement following the hearing. The photo company, Perfocal said the circumstances of the event were not clear, and they refunded the Christian Institute of the £267 photo package, withholding the photos, after the situation came to light.

“It’s been accepted in the highest court in the UK that private companies can accept bookings and then, if they feel that it goes against their morals, refuse that booking if it offends their sensibilities and it not be counted as discriminatory,” Perfocal founder Tony Xu told PinkNews. “When our photographer on the ground learned what it was while doing the job, they felt immediately uncomfortable with the situation, as many members of the public are, but remained professional. As soon as I found out though, I realized this was an opportunity to highlight exactly why this kind of result is damaging. This isn’t just about standing up against discrimination. I hope our stance serves as an example of exactly where this kind of judgment could lead us. Where does it end?”

It seems that karma has proven to be much sweeter than any same-sex wedding cake.

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  1. Mandy
    October 15, 07:06 Reply

    ???? Good one, Tony Xu.
    Seriously though, where does it end? You grant homophobia room to thrive, and you’re simply declaring open season on this kind of discrimination

  2. Maryann
    October 15, 07:11 Reply

    Yo! This is gonna hurt so bad. ?

  3. Mitch
    October 15, 09:25 Reply

    Welcome to the gray areas of law.

  4. R. Black
    January 10, 11:03 Reply

    Honestly, the gay community is slowly becoming as vicious as it’s ‘enemies’ (in particular, the church), judging by the comments I see. On the issue of these bakers who are being sued everywhere… It’s simple… The gay couple should take their business somewhere else.
    The issue of Christians refusing to do business that are explicitly pro – gay has to do with their faith.These bakers are not refusing to serve gay men but are refusing to allow their services to be used to support a way of life that their faith contradicts. Should I put aside my faith which I hold on to strongly and believe in for a few currency notes and someone’s brief approval of my pandering to their concept of equality…
    Let’s flip the coin, if an anti LGBT person request the services of a gay Baker… Say the person wants a cake saying “Same Sex Marriage Is Wrong”. If the gay Baker says No…. Would we drag him through the streets for not supporting equality by providing services to a cause they don’t believe in like we are doing to the Christian bakers. NO.
    People have a right to stick to the tenets of their faith as long as they do so respectfully.
    I think if christians refuse services to someone cos they are gay…then that is wrong BUT if they refuse services to our causes… Then they are within their rights and although it may hurt, we should respect that and find a way to engage in a constructive dialogue that will help both sides better understand and respect each other and also find a middle ground.

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