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Ashers bakery 'gay cake' verdict expected on day of General Election

By Claire Williamson

Published 29/04/2015

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2015
Daniel McArthur (General manager at Ashers Bakery) Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 26/3/2015 Daniel McArthur (General manager at Ashers Bakery) Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Gay rights activist Gareth Lee ordered a cake with the motto 'support gay marriage' on it

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.

Further Reading:

Judgement reserved in Ashers 'gay cake' case

Gay cake battle: Ashers give thanks, Lee says little, and judge goes away to think  

Ashers Bakery 'gay cake' case: End of the hearing, but not the debate

McArthur tells court how strong faith underpins his firm

Ashers gay cake case: Bakery barrister tells court there was 'no discrimination' over order refusal 

Ashers gay cake row: Courtroom clash of lawyers and media scrum outside, all because of bakery order     

Gay cake man wants Ashers dispute settled outside court


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