In the Daily Mail today, news that the Christian owners of a seaside hotel may face prosecution for banning a gay couple from staying in a double bedroom at their hotel.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull, owners of the Chymorvah hotel in Marazion in Cornwall, apparently refused to let the couple, Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy, share a bed at the hotel on the basis that they don’t allow unmarried couples – heterosexual and gay – from sharing a bed under their roof.
The Bulls, who have the support of the Christian Institute, adopted this policy when they bought the hotel in 1986. In fact, the hotel website states: “We have few rules but please note that out of a deep regard for marriage we prefer to let double accommodation to heterosexual married couples only.”
Hall and Preddy have lodged a county court claim for up to £5,000 in damages alleging “direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation”.
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