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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.
The Christian owners of guest house have been ordered pay thousands of pounds in damages after they refused to allow a gay couple to share a double room.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull had asked the Supreme Court to decide whether their decision to refuse to let Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy stay at their Cornwall guest house constituted sexual discrimination.
Five Supreme Court justices ruled against them today after analysing the case at a hearing in London in October.
The couple have previously lost fights in a County Court and the Court of Appeal. In 2011 a judge at Bristol County Court concluded that the Bulls acted unlawfully and ordered them to pay a total of £3,600 damages. In 2012 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Bulls following a hearing in London. The couple had asked the Supreme Court to overrule the Court of Appeal.
The Bulls said they thought that any sex outside marriage was "a sin" - and denied discriminating against Mr Hall and Mr Preddy. They said their decision was founded on a "religiously-informed judgment of conscience". Mr Hall and Mr Preddy said they were victims of discrimination.
After the ruling, Mrs Bull said: "We are deeply disappointed and saddened by the outcome."
Dismissing the appeal, Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said: "Sexual orientation is a core component of a person's identity which requires fulfilment through relationships with others of the same orientation."
Homosexuals "were long denied the possibility of fulfilling themselves through relationships with others", she said, adding: "This was an affront to their dignity as human beings which our law has now (some would say belatedly) recognised.
"Homosexuals can enjoy the same freedom and the same relationships as any others. But we should not under-estimate the continuing legacy of those centuries of discrimination, persecution even, which is still going on in many parts of the world.
"It is no doubt for that reason that Strasbourg requires 'very weighty reasons' to justify discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
"It is for that reason that we should be slow to accept that prohibiting hotel-keepers from discriminating against homosexuals is a disproportionate limitation on their right to manifest their religion."
reply to post by blupblup
Court rulings like this create added emphasis on the need for the development of faster than light space travel. That way those who disagree with the atheist/homosexual agenda can simply end all the arguments and leave. The West has become filled with overly tolerant cowards.edit on 11-2-2012 by korathin because: substituted the word "add" for the word "create", first sentence.
they run a B&B for female's and lesbian couples only, they have refused to allow married couples and males only into the bed and breakfast that they run and do not get any problems for doing so. Do not get me wrong, they do not hang a sign on the door or advertise it like this, they simply tell heterosexual couples or male guests both gay or straight that there are no rooms available when they call to reserve a room.
reply to post by blupblup
Quite - into the sun, perhaps?
Imagine what a peaceful world we'd live in without all the religious and bigoted idiots that currently reside here!
I am also puzzled why he lumped Atheism and Homosexuality together... I don't believe in God, certainly not the Judeo-Christian concept anyway, but I also don't fancy blokes...
It isn't their business to determine who can sleep with whom.
I'm glad the right decision was made because it shows how biased and bigoted religion can be to discriminate against a gay couple who are in a civil partnership and happen to want a B&B to stay in for the night. I shook my head in dismay though when I saw the press conference after the ruling and she stated that the fine and compensation was helped by others who sent in donations to help them fight the legal case, proving that homophobia is alive and well in modern Britain.
So, the rights of the Gay couple trump the rights of the owners of the business.