Mitch Harris: 'Is denying to make a gay couple a wedding cake discrimination?'

Night Talk 09/07/2018
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Night talk - Monday 9th July 2018.
(listen to Mitch Harris' opening comments above)

Tonight: A Warkworth baker has ignited controversy after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Moe Barr and her partner Sasha Patrick enquired about getting their wedding cake made by Kath's Devine Cakes, but the business owner declined to make the order.

"I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding," she wrote.

"Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs.

"Our Government has legalised same-sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support you and cannot make your wedding cake for you."

The pair were left shocked by the message.

New Zealand's Human Rights Act states it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone due to sexual orientation.

It does however allow for freedom of religious expression and beliefs.

Ms Barr posted an image of the woman's reply on Facebook and said customers should avoid the store if they supported marriage equality.

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