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Patrick Stewart was talking about human rights Thursday on BBC’s Newsnight when he made an interesting revelation.
The journalist asked him to weigh in on a case where the Irish owners of a bakery refused to bake a cake that said “Support Gay Marriage” on it, with a picture of Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie. They were found guilty of discrimination and fined about $760.
“I found myself on the side of the bakers,” said Stewart.
“It was not because this was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were going to be celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them,” the actor continued. “It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they find the words offensive.”
He added, “I would support their rights to say, ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.'”
The MacArthur family, who owns Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland, are appealing the guilty verdict.
Stewart clarified his remarks in a Facebook post Friday, writing they should not be construed that he is “anti-equality.”
“Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. I have long championed the rights of the LGBT community, because equality should not only be, as the people of Ireland powerfully showed the world, universally embraced, but treasured,” Stewart wrote.
June 4, 4:30 p.m. Updated with Stewart’s Facebook post.
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