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The Christian owners of a seaside guesthouse acted unlawfully by refusing to let a gay couple share a double bed, a judge has ruled in a landmark case.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull did not allow civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy to use a double room in their Cornwall B&B because it would be "an affront to their faith".
However, a judge at Bristol County Court said the couple were breaking the law by denying the men a room.
Mr Hall and Mr Preddy were each awarded £1,800 in damages.
The couple said they were extremely happy with the outcome of the case.
"When we booked this hotel we just wanted to do something that thousands of
other couples do every weekend - take a relaxing weekend break away.
"We're really pleased that the judge has confirmed what we already know - that in these circumstances our civil partnership has the same status in law as a marriage between a man and a woman, and that, regardless of each person's religious beliefs, no-one is above the law."
Originally posted by blupblup
I think this is the right verdict in this case.
I'm glad that this couple's "Religious beliefs" didn't win out over the law and common sense and decency.
They discriminated against this couple pure and simple and have now had to deal with the consequences.
This is being hotly debated by the media and I'm keen to learn what fellow ATS members think.
Originally posted by detachedindividual
As a business owner I am not allowed to have a biased opinion about who I supply products or services to.
* Other examples of failures: (Registrar) Ladele v. Islington Council; McFarlane v. Relate Avon Limited; Eweida v. British Airways; Caroline Petrie (nurse) and Olive Jones (teacher) - North Somerset cases.
Originally posted by SevenBeans
All they have to do to make this legal is change their policy to state that they will not rent single bed rooms to two adults of the same gender (regardless of their sexual orientation).
The decision might be correct according to the letter of the law but if so, it's a poorly thought out law.