Gay snub Cornish B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal

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    Nov 27, 2013 12:13 PM GMT
    The owners of a Christian guesthouse who were ordered to pay damages for turning away a gay couple have lost their UK Supreme Court fight.

    Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall in 2008.

    Gay rights group Stonewall said in a statement: "We are pleased that the Supreme Court has defended the laws protecting gay customers that Stonewall fought so hard to secure.

    Some might suggest that, rather than pursuing this case, a far more Christian thing to do would be to fight the evils of poverty and disease worldwide."

    Amen to that.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25119158
  • bfirbs

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    Nov 28, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    As much as I think the couple are stupid for being homophobic. At the same time, owning a B&B means they are renting rooms of their own personal house out. They do have the right to say yes or no to a customer if they like. If I chose to rent rooms out in my house, I think I have the right to say yes or no to a customer.
    Ignorant on they're part, I agree they are. But it is a choice they are allowed to make
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    bfirbs saidAs much as I think the couple are stupid for being homophobic. At the same time, owning a B&B means they are renting rooms of their own personal house out. They do have the right to say yes or no to a customer if they like. If I chose to rent rooms out in my house, I think I have the right to say yes or no to a customer.
    Ignorant on they're part, I agree they are. But it is a choice they are allowed to make


    Not really. A B & B is a business, it's not like saying no to someone sleeping in your apartment for free.

    Good for them suing and winning
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    Nov 28, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    Hazelmary, lacking grace,
    Filed appeals all over the place.
    But when the Law Lords turned her away,
    She "felt sorry for them" just to save face.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 29, 2013 1:09 PM GMT
    bfirbs said.....owning a B&B means they are renting rooms of their own personal house out.....


    Your assumption is often incorrect. I know many B&B's in which the the owners nor anyone else permanently lives in the house. In fact many that I have stayed in are turn of the century small hotels and rooming houses. This is my experience staying in B&B's.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Nov 29, 2013 1:11 PM GMT
    LGBTQ victory in UK .... thankful.
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    Nov 29, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    Something like this was to happen to my hubby and I once down in Tassie. We just moved on got on with our lives and was over it by lunch.
  • daddysw

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    Nov 30, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    bfirbs saidAs much as I think the couple are stupid for being homophobic. At the same time, owning a B&B means they are renting rooms of their own personal house out. They do have the right to say yes or no to a customer if they like. If I chose to rent rooms out in my house, I think I have the right to say yes or no to a customer.
    Ignorant on they're part, I agree they are. But it is a choice they are allowed to make


    They're running a business and need to obey the law . .. so yiou are protected by their compliance with health and safety law . .they must pay tax . . they mustn't poison you with poor hygiene in the kitchen . . and they must abide by the 2010 Equality Act. It's not negotiable . .