The Christian bakers found to have unlawfully refused to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan are to press ahead with attempts to take their case to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the McArthur family can now petition directly for a hearing in London after being formally refused leave to appeal by senior judges in Belfast.
Ashers’ Baking Company was also ordered to pay limited costs in the landmark legal dispute with customer Gareth Lee. Mr Lee had requested a cake depicting Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie below the motto ‘Support Gay Marriage’ for an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia. Management at the bakery refunded his money for the order because the message went against their Christian faith. The family insist their problem was with the cake and not the customer.