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Row is not about sexual orientation

Paul Rowlandson is wrong to represent the Ashers Bakery case as discrimination against a customer on grounds of sexual orientation (My View, Nov 17).

This is clear from two parallels. First, if the same customer ordered a cake without the contested message, the bakery would happily bake it.

Secondly, if a heterosexual customer requested a cake with the same message on it, they would equally be refused.

So the real issue is whether one person can force another to write a text which goes against their conscience. It is actually about power.

DERMOT O'CALLAGHAN

Hillsborough

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