Christian hotel owners lose appeal against payout over 'gay ban'


Peter and Hazelmary Bull. PA

Christian owners of a guesthouse in Cornwall have lost their appeal against paying damages to a gay couple who they turned away from their hotel.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull turned away Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy from Chymorvah House in Marazion in September 2008.

They denied discriminating against the couple, insisting that they did not believe that any unmarried couple should share a bed, considering it a 'sin'.

But they were ordered to pay the couple £3,600 in damages after Judge Andrew Rutherford ruled they had breached equality legislation, according to The Sun.

Mr Preddy and Mr Hall's lawyer pointed out that the couple had a "lawful civil partnership", and therefore the right to share a bed like heterosexual married couples.

And Lady Justice Rafferty also higlighted that a homosexual couple "cannot comply with the restriction because each party is of the same sex and therefore cannot marry".

Judge Sir Andrew Morritt decided in favour of the original ruling in the Bulls' appeal, which was funded by the Christian Institute.

Following the ruling, John Wadham, legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told The Sun: "When offering a service, people cannot use their beliefs - religious or otherwise - to discriminate against others."

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