Patrick Stewart is clarifying the comments he made earlier this week, defending a bakery’s right to refuse to put a pro-gay marriage message on a cake. In a new Facebook post, Stewart explains that he’s standing up for freedom of speech. “Both equality and freedom of speech are fundamental rights and this case underscores how we need to ensure one isn’t compromised in the pursuit of the other,” Stewart noted. A longtime supporter of the LGBT community, who was mistaken as gay by The Guardian last year, the Star Trek star also slammed those who called him “anti-equality” for his remarks.
In an interview on BBC’s “Newsnight,” Stewart drew flak when talking about an Irish bakery that refused to put a pro-gay marriage message on a cake, saying, “I would support their right to say, ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs. I will not do it.'” Stewart was commenting on Asher’s Baking Company being convicted of discrimination charges and being ordered to pay a fine. The bakery is now appealing the conviction.
Watch the video below of Patrick Stewart’s originally defending the bakery’s refusal to put a pro-gay marriage message on a cake. What do you think of Stewart’s latest comments?