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Dr Sharon James of Coalition for Marriage speaks ahead of the Ashers Baking Co court appearance yesterday. Filmed outside the Court of Appeal in Belfast.

‘Gay cake’ case in court today

Posted on 9th, May 2016


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...


Daniel McArthur, of Ashers Baking Company, has said the ‘gay cake’ case is of profound importance as his family return to court to appeal last year’s ruling against them. Speaking outside the Court of Appeal this morning, Mr McArthur said: “This has never just been about one little bakery in Belfast. It’s clear that its always had implications for freedom of expression throughout the UK.” He pointed out that it was exactly two years ago that his family were asked to “help promote...


The McArthur family – who are at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ case – say they have been tremendously helped by the support of thousands of people, as they prepare for next week’s appeal hearing. Ashers Baking Company goes before the Court of Appeal in Belfast on Monday in an effort to overturn a decision made by the County Court last year. It found that the bakery had broken political and sexual orientation discrimination laws. The court ruled against Ashers, run by the McArthur...


The Daily Mail has reported that Her Majesty the Queen did not want marriage to be redefined. The paper says she expressed her opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage when speaking to a friend. The friend said: “It was the ‘marriage’ thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman.” Apparently the Queen also expressed frustration that she could not intervene saying: “I can only advise and warn”. Clearly the Government...


A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership because they object to marriage have lost their legal challenge, at London’s High Court. C4M has long criticised the idea of heterosexual civil partnerships as they would undermine marriage because they do not require lifelong commitment. Back in 2013, our Campaign Director Colin Hart said: “A civil partnerships free-for-all will create two-tier marriage, with the option of marriage-lite for millions of unwed...

Ashers case dramatically adjourned

Posted on 3rd, February 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...


This week, Ashers Baking Company mount their appeal against a Belfast court’s decision to fine them for refusing to promote same-sex marriage. Ashers was taken to court by the taxpayer-funded Equality Commission for Northern Ireland because it turned down an order for a cake with a pro-gay marriage campaign slogan. The owners of the bakery, the McArthur family, are appealing the decision saying: “We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no...


The Government is planning to send schools’ regulator Ofsted into voluntary groups up and down the country to enforce vague ‘British values’. Given Ofsted’s past record, C4M is concerned that this could severely impact the freedom to talk to young people about marriage. You will recall that last year, Ofsted inspectors left parents feeling aghast when they asked their kids a series of intrusive questions, including whether they think two men or two women can marry. And now the...


A proposal to add mothers’ names alongside fathers’ names on marriage certificates will not receive Government support, reportedly in order to cater for same-sex couples. Labour MP Christina Rees has put forward a Bill on the issue, and the Prime Minister has spoken out in favour of the idea. However, the Home Office says the plans do not allow for “different family circumstances”. The Telegraph reported sources from the Department stating that one example of other family...

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