Ashers bakery 'gay cake' verdict expected on day of General Election
The verdict in the case against a Christian bakery which refused to make a cake carrying a pro gay marriage slogan is expected on May 7 - the day of the General Election.
The case was adjourned on March 30 with district judge Isobel Brownlie reserving her judgement. She told Belfast County Court she would reserve her judgement so that "full consideration" could be given to the evidence, which was presented over three days.
Judge Brownlie said: "It is not a straightforward area of the law.
"Obviously this is a case in which I propose to reserve my judgement."
It is understood the verdict in the landmark case will be heard on Thursday May 7.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland brought the case against Ashers Bakery on behalf of a gay rights activist whose order was refused.
The family-run bakery, which delivers across the UK and Ireland, turned down the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage.
It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.