Ashers cake row raised at Strasbourg

Diane Dodds MEP
Diane Dodds MEP

An appeal for a “reasonable accommodation” in the Ashers Bakery discrimination case has been made in the European Parliament.

Diane Dodds told MEPs that such an accommodation would “ensure that the right the freedom of religious expression is protected”.

The DUP MEP was speaking ahead of the court action – by the publicly-funded Equality Commission – set for a hearing in Belfast later this month.

During a debate on human rights, Mrs Dodds criticised the prosecution of the Christian-owned bakery for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. She said: “Such a challenge to the right to exercise faith is deeply regrettable and a violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

She said some Christians are concerned that their freedoms are being constrained.