Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Gay cake' row was much more than a storm in a tea cup

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company
Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Ashers Baking Company is a family-owned business that has been in the cake-baking trade since 1992.

The Belfast-headquartered firm has six branches, a staff of up to 80, net assets of over £1m (€1.4m) and an online service that distributes its delicious dainties throughout Britain and Ireland.

Its owners, Colin and Karen McArthur, are Christians who oppose same-sex marriage, as many committed Christians in my native Northern Ireland do. The McArthurs have genuine and deeply held religious beliefs that - according to God's law - homosexual acts are sinful.

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