A Christian-run bakery has been found guilty of discriminating against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.
Co Antrim-based Ashers Baking Company was taken to court by gay rights activist Gareth Lee.
Judge Brownlie has ruled this morning that Ashers were not exempt from laws on discrimination.
The judge added that Ashers are “conducting a business for profit” and they are not a religious group.
Mr Lee had claimed the bakery discriminated against him on the grounds of his sexual orientation.
It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.
Ashers said the slogan was against their Christian beliefs.
It is not yet known if Ashers will try and appeal the decision to a higher court.
The Equality Commission, which has a statutory obligation to monitor compliance with equality laws, had initially asked for the bakery on Belfast’s Royal Avenue to acknowledge it had breached legislation and offer “modest” damages to the customer.
When Ashers refused, the Equality Commission proceeded with the court action.
Their campaign was supported by the DUP.