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Ashers 'gay cake' case made news all around the world

By John Porter

The Ashers court showdown has been one that has made headlines across the world.

And when the verdict dropped just after 10am yesterday, it set the global news wires alight.

'Northern Ireland Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Customer, Court Finds,' was the headline in The New York Times.

It likened the case to the conscious clause-type Bill that was introduced in Indiana, which allowed businesses to refuse to serve gay customers.

The law was modified after fierce criticism from rights groups and after companies threatened to withdraw from the state, taking thousands of jobs with them.

"It could be the cake that dooms gay marriage in Ireland," was the response from one online commenter to the story in Canada's Globe and Mail.

Christian Today led with the reaction of the McArthur family to the decision.

'We don't think we have done anything wrong' was its headline.

Meanwhile, the Buzzfeed website declared the verdict "a victory for LGBT rights".

And the London Telegraph's cartoonist Matt took a swipe at the case.

A caption alongside a sketch of a man in a bakery, read: "How heterosexual are your fairy cakes?"

Meanwhile, the British Baker magazine told the story of an Ashers Bakery in Scotland that has faced a huge backlash over the row, despite only sharing the same name as the Northern Ireland firm at the centre of the legal battle.

The Nairn-based bakery near Inverness told British Baker that since Ashers bakery in Belfast refused to bake a cake for a gay man, it has received "hundreds" of emails either criticising or supporting the case.

Read more:

Tesco reviewing Ashers 'gay cake' judgement 

Everyone a loser in 'gay cake' row

Ashers verdict may be right in law, but it leaves deep unease 

Ashers 'gay cake' decision is a threat to our freedom of conscience 

'Gay cake': It's a ruling to rejoice in, but gays are still very afraid

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

Gay cake verdict shows laws needed to allow for differing views, says DUP's Sammy Wilson 

Ashers 'gay cake' case made news all around the world 

By elevating icing on a cake to a major issue, gay rights activists won battle but lost the war  

Gay cake case: Churches united in criticism of 'dangerous' Ashers bakery decision

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

Verdict was particularly disappointing for Christians, whose prayers weren't answered  

Ashers' customers divided on outcome of case  

Ashers Bakery lose 'gay cake' case: 'We will not be closing down, we have not done anything wrong' says boss

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