UK: Christian Hotel Owners Appeal Ruling

Published Date Author: , November 10th, 2011

United Kingdom Gay Travel LawsuitA Christian couple who did not let a gay couple have a double room in their hotel have appealed against a ruling that they acted unlawfully.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull refused to allow civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall, from Bristol, the room at Chymorvah House in Cornwall in 2008.

The Bulls, from Marazion, were ordered in January to pay #3,600 in damages. At the Court of Appeal in London, the Bulls said that they were entitled to hold “outdated” religious beliefs.

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Purple Roofs December 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter | Purple Roofs Travel Blog - Gravatar Purple Roofs December 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter | Purple Roofs Travel Blog said on December 5, 2011, 3:26 pm:

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John Bellamy - Gravatar John Bellamy said on December 6, 2011, 9:30 am:

Discrimination Laws – that gay men have been demanding for decades, were introduced into England this year (2011) and obviously it is a double edged sword. While straight venues cannot discriminate against gay patrons, neither can gay venues, so as the owner of a MEN ONLY HOTEL ( ) it means we are legally obliged to accept women. However, there are exceptions to the law and Hamilton Hall has been offered legal permission to remain MEN ONLY as we pass several of those exceptions which most gay hotels were unable to do, so they have started being gay friendly – and not gay venues, and now accept families.
Hamilton Hall was the first gay hotel in the UK to be investigated and given permission to remain MEN ONLY and after appearing 5 times on the TV in 2010 and 2011 – it is certainly the most talked about gay mens venue in England.
The guys who deliberately chose to flaunt their gayness in a small family owned Christian guest house did the gay community no good at all. It may now be the law, but rubbing peoples noses in your different lifestyle does not educate, inform or enlighten, it irritates and puts peoples backs up. Causing deliberate friction as soon as the law was passed was naive and dumb of them. It does not help the LGBT community gain acceptance.

John Bellamy
Hamilton Hall

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