‘Gay cake’ case in court today
In the first day of court proceedings, Ashers Baking Company’s lawyer has reiterated that the bakers did not discriminate when they declined an order for a cake supporting same-sex marriage.
David Scoffield QC highlighted that discrimination must be against “another person”, not an idea or an object – such as a cake.
Since the McArthur family did not know the sexual orientation of Gareth Lee when he placed the order, they did not discriminate, he said.
He added: “To say you can discriminate against the orientation of a cake is nonsenical.”
Scoffield also told the court: “If a heterosexual person had asked for the same message on the cake they would have had the same response.”
Later in the day Scoffield said that to rule the family discriminated against Mr Lee would breach the European Convention on Human rights.
The family will attend the Court of Appeal in Belfast over the next few days as they attempt to have last year’s ruling against them overturned.