Appeal against ruling in Northern Irish 'gay cake' case adjourned until May

Ashers Bakery was ordered to pay stg£500 (€700) for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan

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The controversial 'gay cake' court case appeal has been adjourned in the North.

The Christian owners of Ashers Bakery were challenging a ruling which found they broke discrimination laws by refusing an order with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it.

It has been set back because of a last minute intervention from the Attorney General over whether Northern Ireland legislation applies.

The hearing will now be heard on the 9th of May for four days.

Last year, a judge ruled Ashers Baking Company acted unlawfully by declining an order from a gay rights activist.

Ashers Bakery was ordered to pay stg£500 (€700) for refusing to bake the cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it.

Gareth Lee had asked the bakery to ice the cake depicting Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the logo for the campaign group, Queerspace.

Northern Ireland's publicly funded Equality Commission brought a civil action, alleging that the bakery breached its statutory duty not to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.

A court ruled Mr Lee was discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The family run bakery felt they could not bake the cake advocating gay marriage for religious reasons.