Gay rights activist Gareth Lee took Ashers Baking Company in Belfast to court in a civil action after it canceled his order for a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" on it. The case was funded by the British province's Equality Commission.
The firm initially accepted the order but later contacted Lee to cancel it and refund his money. Lee told a court hearing over three days in March that the bakery's refusal made him feel "unworthy" and "a lesser person".Unworthy my foot, this was a planned attack for which Mr. Lee probably felt proud.
The strategy of going after those in the wedding business is working so well that traditionalist pastors, ministers, and priests will probably be the next group to be stalked and brought to court in similar fashion. For this reason, states have been trying to create legislation to protect churches from such lawsuits, but why should just one class of individuals deserve such protection? If the states can provide such a protection for clergy, why cannot laws be drawn up to prevent photographers, wedding planners, reception halls, destination wedding locales, bakers, and florists from being forced to participate in gay weddings?
The old nursery rhyme may never sound the same,
Patty cake, patty cake,
Bake me a cake as queer as you can.
Prick it and prick it,
And mark it with LGBT,
And there will be enough for Tommy and me... or else!