(Northern Ireland) Printing Firm to be Sued for Refusing to Print Gay Magazine

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: April 5, 2013

The Christian owner of a printing firm in Northern Ireland faced being hauled to court over his refusal to print a gay magazine. Nick Williamson says printing the material would go against his religious beliefs. But the editor of MyGayZine, Danny Toner, approached a solicitor and referred the matter to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

Mr Williamson was asked to provide a cost estimate for printing the magazine, timed to coincide with a gay rights march in Belfast. But in an email to Mr Toner, Mr Williamson said he did “not feel comfortable” taking the job on because it “would be in contradiction to my own faith”. Mr Williamson had initially explained: “Unfortunately due to the nature of the magazine we are unable to give a quote.” But Mr Toner said he was “shocked” and “annoyed” at Mr Williamson’s comments, and said: “If we can take the printer to court, we will”.
We thank the Christian Institute for reporting. Read more: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/christian-printer-faces-being-sued-by-gay-magazine/