The manager of a bakery which refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage message on it has said that they made the decision "not because of the person but because of the message", ITV News reporter Ben Chapman reports.
Daniel McArthur, general manager of Asher's Bakery, said he and his family "fundamentally disagreed" with that message and "would not support a cause that goes against what the Bible says about marriage".
In a short statement before going into court, he said his family had been through "a difficult time, being dragged through the courts by a publicly funded body".
A verdict is due today in the case against a bakery in Northern Ireland which refused to bake a cake with pro-gay marriage message on it.
Ashers Bakery, run by the McArthur family, has been accused of discrimination after it declined to produce a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto "Support Gay Marriage".
The Northern Ireland Equality Commission - which monitors compliance with the region's anti-discrimination laws - brought the case on behalf of Gareth Lee, a volunteer member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space who initially ordered the cake.
Mr Lee claimed that he was left feeling like a lesser person when his money was returned two days after it was first accepted.
The McArthur family, who employ 80 staff across nine branches and deliver across the UK and Ireland, have been supported by the Christian Institute, which has paid their legal fees.
Karen McArthur, a founder and company director at Ashers, told the court she had accepted the request to avoid embarrassment or confrontation but, as a born-again Christian, knew she could not fulfill it.
The verdict is due this morning.
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