According to a poll, the public disagree with action against a Christian bakery that refused to bake a ‘support gay marriage’ cake.

Asher’s Baking Company, a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland, refused the request of a gay rights activist for a cake showing the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’, above an image of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie.

The Equality Commission has since stated that this act broke anti-discrimination laws.

According to a ComRes poll commissioned by the Christian Institute, 60 per cent of people agree that the legal action is disproportionate, surging to 80 per cent among over-65s.

Just 14 per cent of people said that they agreed with the action, while a quarter of people did not know.

It also found that 45 per cent agreed with the statement ‘Christian-run businesses appear to be being singled out unfairly by gay activists in order to make an example of them’, with 22 per cent disagreeing.

Earlier this month, DUP MP William McCrea claimed the bakery should be protected against the “oppressive” Equality Commission.

The South Antrim MP said: “Sadly the Equality Commission has entered into the fray and threatens this family bakery with legal action because of their Christian belief.

“The reality is that the Equality Commission is acting in an oppressive manner and threatens the right to religious freedom in our province.”

He continued: “Recently the media presented itself as the defenders of the rights of those who practised the Muslim faith yet little defence or protection has been granted to those of the Christian faith.

“My colleagues and I at Westminster will do all we can to gain protection for those who cherish religious freedom by endeavouring to press the Government to introduce a conscience clause within legislation.”