(Northern Ireland) Young Business Man Troubled for Not Printing Sexually Explicit Magazine

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: May 22, 2013

Mr Williamson from Portadown in Northern Ireland, faces court proceedings for refusing to print materials of a gay magazine. He says the website of MyGayZine contained explicit images, and he wasn’t prepared to print that kind of material whether homosexual or heterosexual.

Mr Williamson, 28, was asked to provide a cost estimate for printing MyGayZine, timed to coincide with a gay rights march in Belfast. But in an email to the magazine’s editor, Danny 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 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”.
The case has been referred to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. We thank the Christian Institute for reporting. Source and further information (including a video of Mr. Williamson explaining the case): http://www.christian.org.uk/news/exclusive-video-christian-printer-resists-gay-magazine/?e100513