- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2015

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is backing the Christian bakers in the “gay cake” debate, saying he supports their right to refuse to write a message on a cake that violates their beliefs.

The owners of Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland were found guilty of discrimination last month after refusing to make a cake with the words “support gay marriage” above a picture of Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street.” The owners are set to appeal the decision.

“I found myself on the side of the bakers,” Mr. Stewart said Thursday on the BBC’s “Newsnight.” “I would support their rights to say, ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.’ “

“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,” the actor said. “It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive.”

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