“If a gay baker was asked to bake a cake with a homophobic message on it, wouldn’t he have every right to refuse?” asks Dan Hannan MEP.
Oh dear oh dear. Of course they could refuse. Homophobic messaging, like racism for example, is a hate crime.
Whereas here’s the thing: supporting same-sex marriage is not a hate crime. Does Mr Hannan really not know the difference?
It is genuinely alarming how many people do not (or, at least, pretend not to) see this. Supporting same-sex marriage is not some deviant craze; it is a widespread mainstream political opinion (which, out of interest, had the support of most MLAs voting the last time it was tested in the Assembly).
It is in fact those making those ludicrous false parallels (as well as deliberately attempting to create a false wedge between “Christian” on one side and “LGBT” on the other, as if they were mutually exclusive) who need to look at themselves. They are the ones doing the marginalising; they are the ones doing the discriminating; and indeed they are the ones falling well short of the standards demanded by any loving God.