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A NORTH­ERN Ire­land bak­ery run by de­vout Christians could face le­gal ac­tion af­ter it re­fused to make a gay-themed cake de­pict­ing the Se­same Street cou­ple Bert and Ernie. Ash­ers Bak­ing Com­pany pub­lished a state­ment on its web­site de­fend­ing its de­ci­sion to refuse to bake the cake be­cause it had to write a slo­gan in sup­port of gay mar­riage.

North­ern Ire­land is the only part of the UK where gay mar­riage is still not le­gal. Its first openly gay mayor, An­drew Muir, has backed le­gal ac­tion against the bak­ery. "For North­ern Ire­land to pros­per and over­come our di­vi­sions we need a new so­ci­ety where busi­nesses are will­ing to cater to all, re­gard­less of re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal opin­ion, race, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, mar­i­tal sta­tus or gen­der," he said.

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