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Ashers bakery, Belfast: the owners refused to place a pro-gay marriage slogan on a cake

The Ashers verdict is bad news – but it’s also a chance to build a consensus

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company speak to the media at Belfast High Court (PA)

Peter Tatchell said that the ruling set a ‘dangerous’ precedent

Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Maynooth is under scrutiny after misgivings about the life and governance of the institution

The All Ireland Rally for Life went ahead despite heavy rain (Pic via @theRallyforLife)

The All Ireland Rally for Life was not met with the kind of bewilderment that greets pro-life marches in the rest of the UK

Under assisted suicide laws in other jurisdictions, doctors would prescribe lethal medication (PA)

The doctors’ trade union voted by 198 to 115 to maintain its current position

Belfast's High Court (PA)

Landmark ruling will liberalise abortion law in province

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery outside Belfast County Court (PA)

Ashers Bakery refused to make a cake with an image of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie and the phrase, ‘Support gay marriage’

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/01/13

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