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Peter Robinson: Equality Commission's decision to pursue legal action "bonkers"

First Minister Peter Robinson has called the decision by the Equality Commission to take a civil action case against a Christian-owned bakery firm as "bonkers".

The Equality Commission wrote to Ashers Baking Company earlier this year, after it refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

The commission supported the customer's claim for compensation, but lawyers for the County Antrim firm do not accept the bakery owners acted unlawfully.

Speaking to BBC News NI Political Editor Mark Devenport, he said the commission need to "wind their necks in" while essential services are seeking funding.

  • 07 Nov 2014
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