Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:
“This is a black day for justice and religious liberty.
“A small family owned business has been dragged before the courts by a publically funded quango and subjected to two years of torture. While this is a disappointing verdict the McArthur family are to be congratulated for the grace and dignity they have displayed through the process.
“This is an assault on freedom of conscience and as such it should worry Christians and non-Christians alike. The aggressive “gay rights” lobby will see this as the green light to demand that everyone not only accepts but celebrates their lifestyle.
“I trust that every appeal opportunity will be taken.”