No case against town publisher

Nick Williamson.
Nick Williamson.

A Portadown publisher who refused to print a magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has revealed a case against him was never pursued.

Nick Williamson, 29, who owns Blufire Media, came under fire last year after he said he could not have his business associated with the first print edition of MyGayZine because of his Christian beliefs.

The Equality Commission were contacted about the issue and said they provided advice regarding the law on discrimination.

But nothing came of the matter.

Mr Williamson, who runs his publishing company part-time and attends Queen’s University Bible College, said, “The issue did not go anywhere. I heard nothing more about it.”

An Equality Commission spokesman added, “No application for assistance was made to the commission in 2013 and the commission had no further involvement in the matter.”

Mr Williamson said he had sympathy with Ashers Bakery which refused to make a cake with a slogan in support of gay marriage

He added, “Ashers and I went about our business in a very gracious manner. It is not about the person and I am not going to tell you anything new in this, but to me it is about me going against my own freedom and liberty of conscience.

“It was me saying ‘it is not about you but about me saying this goes against my own conscience’.”

“Equality is a two-way street, or it is meant to be. I meant to contact Ashers bakery to basically say I have been where you are to a certain extent, but I am surprised it has gone so far for them.”