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, they 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.