They’ve already lost a series of court applications, and the resultant appeals, to allow them as Christians to discriminate against same – sex couples. Now, the British Supreme Court agrees: discrimination is not permitted under British law.
(Hazelmary and Peter Bull insist that in their defence that they are not discriminating against same – sex couples, but against all unmarried couples. In British law, however, civil partners are in effect, “married”).
Gay snub Cornish B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal
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.
The couple, who had already lost cases at Bristol County Court and the Court of Appeal, said they were “saddened”.
Mr and Mrs Bull have said they regard any sex outside marriage as a “sin”.
The Bulls denied discriminating against Mr Hall and Mr Preddy, who are from Bristol.
Sixty-nine-year-old Mrs Bull and her 74-year-old husband said their decision was founded on a “religiously-informed judgment of conscience”.
‘Just ordinary Christians’
Five Supreme Court justices ruled against them on Wednesday after analysing the case at a hearing in London in October.
– continue reading: BBC News
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