Coleen Nolan is facing a furious backlash following her comments about the ruling made against the Christian bakery in Belfast that refused a customer’s wish to make a cake in support of gay marriage.
The Loose Women host compared the request to showing support for Islamic militants Isis – a group who have been known to publicly execute gay people.
She said: "What if somebody walked in and said: ‘Right, I want a cake and I want the whole Islamic State on it – and how I support it, and how I support them killing our people.’ Because it is a business do they have to make it?"
Janet Street-Porter indicated on air that she agreed with Nolan’s comments.
Followers on Twitter, however, were not nearly so persuaded by her argument. Some of the show’s fans even called on ITV for her to be released from her role on the panel:
@loosewomen I demand an apology on air from Coleen, for comparing the fight for equal marriage in NI with the doings of ISIS. UNACCEPTABLE.Nathan Taylor (@TheNathanTaylor) May 19, 2015
I hope you get fired for that @NolanColeengiles (@ImGilo) May 19, 2015
Dear Coleen Nolan, being gay is NOT a choice, but being a murderous terrorist IS a choice. Think before you open that uneducated gob.JAY (@RealJayMann) May 20, 2015
Gosh. Just caught up with Coleen Nolan comparing supporting gay rights with supporting ISIS. WTF is wrong with people?Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 20, 2015
It's 2015, homphobia should be irrelevant by now. Coleen Nolan should get the sack.Tiger Lily (@ArtThouJavert) May 19, 2015
ITV has thus far declined to comment on Nolan's remarks.
Ashers Baking Company, which refused to bake a pro-gay marriage "Bert and Ernie" cake, was found guilty of discrimination in a landmark case this week.
The bakery, which delivers across the UK and Northern Ireland, had argued that the cake and its slogan "Support Gay Marriage" went against their "sincerely held" Christian beliefs.
Landmark LGBT TV moments
Landmark LGBT TV moments
1/9 EastEnders gay kiss - 1989
EastEnders becomes the first British soap to screen a kiss between two gay men. The Sun branded the landmark kiss between Colin and Guido as a “ love scene between yuppie poofs”.
2/9 Orange is the New Black – 2013
The Netflix series features lesbian and bisexual women of different colours and sizes, but its greatest accomplishment is the honest portrayal of its transgender character, Sophia Burset (played by Laverne Cox).
3/9 Brookside lesbian kiss - 1994
Brookside followed suit as the first to screen a lesbian kiss when Beth and Margaret shared a passionate embrace.
4/9 Lesbian lead on US TV - 1997
US TV gets its first ever lesbian lead, as Ellen Morgan (played by Ellen DeGeneres) came out in a special two-part episode of ABC's Ellen.
5/9 Primetime TV gets gay characters - 1998
Will & Grace debuts on NBC as one of the first primetime US series to feature lead gay characters. Actors Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes played Will and Jack on the successful show that ran for eight seasons.
6/9 First lesbian drama series - 2004
Television gets its first predominantly lesbian dramatic series in Showtime's The L Word.
7/9 Glee - 2009
Glee is the television show with the most number of regular and recurring homosexual characters, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Glee has won four Golden Globes, including a supporting actor nod for Chris Colfer—who played bullied open gay character Kurt Hummel.
8/9 Modern Family – 2009
The Emma-winning and progressive ABC series features an interracial and extended family along with leading gay characters Cam and Mitchell as the adored married couple.
9/9 E4's Cucumber, Banana and Tofu – 2015
Russell T Davies' recent trio of programmes bring a sensitive and serious yet funny portrayal of contemporary queer life with gay and lesbian lead characters—Henry and Scotty.
But giving her ruling at Belfast County Court, district judge Isobel Brownlie said: "The defendants have unlawfully discriminated against the plaintiff on grounds of sexual discrimination.
"This is direct discrimination for which there can be no justification."Reuse content