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Couple at centre of 'gay cake' fight urge Christians to 'take their stand'

Daniel and Amy McArthur, the couple at the centre of the "gay cake" case, have urged other Christians to "take their stand". Picture by Brian Lawless, Press Association
Aoife Moore, Press Association

THE couple at the centre of the Supreme Court free speech ruling in the "gay cake" case have urged other Christians to "take their stand".

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Ashers Baking Co had not discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion in declining to decorate a cake with the message "Support Gay Marriage".

Judges unanimously agreed the bakery had objected to the message and not the messenger.

Shortly after the ruling, Ashers' general manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy spoke to The Christian Institute, a charity which supports Christians facing LGBT discrimination cases.

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In the interview, the McArthurs said that the public nature of the case had been difficult.

Amy McArthur said: "I would say to other Christians to not be afraid, to take your stand for God's word because he is so faithful and he will bring you through it".

Daniel McArthur said: "This judgment carries so much weight because it guarantees free speech for Christians all over the UK.

"People ask you 'was it worth it, going through all this?' and I answer them 'absolutely yes'," he said.

Gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who brought the case, initially won in the county court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

Mr Lee, a member of the LGBT advocacy group QueerSpace, ordered a cake in 2014 featuring Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie for a function marking International Day Against Homophobia.

His order was accepted and he paid in full but, two days later the company called to say it could not proceed.

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