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Bakery wants U.K.'s top court to settle "gay cake" case

LONDON -- A bakery owned by a Christian family is asking Britain's Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland business Ashers Baking Co. refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan "Support Gay Marriage."

The owners argued they were happy to bake goods for anyone but could not put messages on their products at odds with their Christian beliefs.

After the customer filed a lawsuit, lower courts ruled that the bakery's decision was discriminatory.

Verdict On The Christian Bakery Taken To Court By The Equality Commission
Gay rights activist Gareth Lee, center, is seen outside Laganside Courts alongside Equality Commission Chief Commissioner Dr. Michael Wardlow (L) after a judge ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against him by refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage, May 19, 2015, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Getty

David Scoffield, lawyer for the bakery's owners, said Tuesday that the family should not be compelled to create a product "to which they have a genuine objection in conscience."

CBS News partner network BBC News reports that the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the case later on Tuesday during its first-ever hearings in Northern Ireland. 

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