It's great that Lee has been able to bring such attention to LGBT rights, but this article clearly highlights that whilst discrimination against people should be unlawful, businesses should also have the right to make decisions based on their core values. It would be a shame if we were forced to ignore our DDWT mantra!
The judge concluded that service providers are required to facilitate any “lawful” message, even if they have a conscientious objection. This raises the question: should Muslim printers be obliged to publish cartoons of Mohammed? Or Jewish ones publish the words of a Holocaust denier? Or gay bakers accept orders for cakes with homophobic slurs? If the Ashers verdict stands it could, for example, encourage far-right extremists to demand that bakeries and other service providers facilitate the promotion of anti-migrant and anti-Muslim opinions. It would leave businesses unable to refuse to decorate cakes or print posters with bigoted messages.