Ashers case dramatically adjourned

Feb 3, 2016

In a surprise turn of events today, Ashers Baking Company’s appeal hearing was adjourned until 9 May.

The McArthur family, who own and run Ashers Baking Company, are appealing last year’s ruling which said they had broken the law by declining to decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

Just minutes into the first day of the hearing at the Court of Appeal in Belfast, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, put the case on hold.

It was prompted by a last-minute intervention from Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin QC, who raised questions over the constitutional validity of the regulations on which the case is based.

Spokeswoman for the Coalition for Marriage Sharon James said: “Ashers Baking Company still has a very important case to bring to court, and the family recognises that all the arguments need to be looked at carefully.

“The McArthurs remain hopeful that the judges will rule in their favour, after the full hearing in May.

“The case raises vital issues about the freedom to express the view that marriage is between a man and a woman, and C4M fully supports the family in their stance.”

Please continue to take a stand for traditional marriage, and use #SupportAshers to show your support for the McArthur family.