‘Dramatic Intervention’: Christian Bakers Who Are in Court After Refusing to…

Source: The Blaze | May 12, 2016 | Billy Hallowell

‘Dramatic Intervention’: Christian Bakers Who Are in Court After Refusing to Make ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Get a Major Boost

Christian bakers in Northern Ireland who are fighting back against a court ruling that found them guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a cake that read “support gay marriage” are now being publicly backed by the European country’s attorney general.

Attorney General John Larkin openly defended the owners of Ashers Baking Company, a business based in Northern Ireland, during court proceedings this week, speaking out in their favor as the family works to appeal a previous decision that forced them to pay $765 in damages for “injury to feelings” to the gay activist who had requested the cake in question.

Larkin’s involvement in the case has been dubbed a “dramatic intervention” by the Christian Institute, a U.K. legal group that is representing Colin and Karen McArthur, owners of Ashers Baking Company. The attorney general detailed his rationale in court this week.

“There are very large questions about the role of conscience in all sorts of business,” Larkin told the panel of three judges who are overseeing the appeal, according to the Belfast Telegraph. ”I say very clearly, if it was a case where [the man requesting the cake] had been refused some of Ashers’ excellent chocolate eclairs because he [was] gay or perceived to be gay, I would be standing on the other side of the court.”


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