Ashers Baking is in the news again: the Belfast Telegraph reports that Ashers has refused to make an engagement cake with a same-sex marriage slogan. Grainne McCann ordered the cake to celebrate the engagement of her friends Joe Palmer and Andy Wong and paid for it online, only to have her order rejected the next day. She told the paper:
“The wording we requested was ‘Gay marriage rocks! Happy engagement, Andy and Joe! Lots of love xxx’. We were thrilled when Ashers accepted our online order, and full payment of £23.40 plus £20 p&p, but the next day they sent the cancellation note and a refund. My gut instinct told me the cake was refused because it celebrated gay marriage.”
She then ordered a christening cake for her goddaughter Leila – which Ashers made without demur.
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Whether the matter is taken any further remains to be seen: Ms McCann says that “My friends and I don’t want to sue”.
There is still no news on the earlier issue of a possible appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision in Lee v McArthur & Ors  NICA 29 – noted here. There was no reference to the case in the most recent UKSC Permission to Appeal results – January to March 2017 and we continue to watch this space…
[With thanks to Daniel Hill for alerting me to the press report.]