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Ashers bakery to limit special order cake range temporarily while it considers policy after 'gay cake' case

By Claire Williamson

Ashers Bakery are to limit their range of special order cakes temporarily while it considers its future policy following the 'gay cake' case judgement.

The Christian-run bakery has made temporary changes to its ordering service for customers following the judgement in the case this week where it refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan.

District Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled the defendants unlawfully discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland brought the case against Ashers Bakery on behalf of gay rights activist Gareth Lee 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.

The bakery will limit the special cake orders to that of birthdays and baby-related products.

In a statement issued by the Christian Institute it said that Ashers Baking Company has decided to limit the scope of its Build A Cake department while the owners review this aspect of their business and take further advice from lawyers.

General Manager of Ashers, Daniel McArthur said: “Due to the recent legal developments we have decided to limit our celebration cake range to certain birthday and baby-related celebration cakes while we consider our policy and talk with our lawyers.

"The department represents a small part of the business and no jobs will be impacted. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our loyal customers. Part of our website is currently under reconstruction to reflect the position.”

The family has been given the full support of The Christian Institute which has funded their defence costs.

Further reading:

Ashers bakery couple: Guilty by law, but we're innocent in God's eyes

Gay cake case: Branded law breakers by a court, but beaming McArthurs insist they have no regrets

Christian printers will keep refusing gay wedding orders despite Ashers ruling 

Gay marriage cake: A row that has become seriously over-egged 

Gay marriage cake: First Minister Peter Robinson stirs the Bert and Ernie furore by calling it 'bonkers' 

Ashers gay cake row: 'My wife's love has given me strength as we wait the court verdict. We're both in God's hands' 

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

Ashers gay cake case: Our reporter visited the nearby city centre bakery under siege from scores of hungry customers

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 row: Gareth Lee 'felt unworthy' over Ashers Bakery refusal to bake cake

Indiana to pass religious freedom law like DUP's 'conscience clause' bill 

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