A judge has sided with a gay couple who were refused a double room at a Christian guesthouse.
Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy booked a double room at the Chymorvah guesthouse in Cornwall, United Kingdom, in September 2008 but were turned away upon arrival when staff realized the booking had not been made for a heterosexual married couple.
Guesthouse owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull have implemented a policy of allowing only heterosexual married couples to stay in their double rooms since they opened the guesthouse, also the family home, in 1986 and the guesthouse website gives notice of the policy on its booking page.
They were sued by civil partners Preddy and Hall on the grounds that the policy discriminated against them under the Equality Act.
The Bulls had received a letter from gay rights group Stonewall a month earlier informing them about equality legislation, prompting suspicions that they were deliberately targeted.
The Bulls must now pay Preddy and Hall £3,600 (around $5757) in damages.
The judge granted the Bulls leave to appeal, noting that his ruling “does affect the human rights of the defendants to manifest their religion and forces them to act in a manner contrary to their deeply and genuinely held beliefs”.
Responding to the ruling, Hazelmary Bull said: “We are obviously disappointed with the result. Our double-bed policy was based on our sincere beliefs about marriage, not hostility to anybody. It was applied equally and consistently to unmarried heterosexual couples and homosexual couples, as the judge accepted.
“We are trying to live and work in accordance with our Christian faith,” she added. “As a result we have been sued and ordered to pay £3,600. But many Christians have given us gifts, so thanks to them we will be able to pay the damages.”
Source: Christian Post
The primary view of the world is that homosexuality is “about love,” and should be accepted. With the United States laws backing same sex partners, lawsuits like this will become more prevalent.
In my opinion, I agree with what guest owners did, especially with the fact that in addition to being a hotel, this is also the owner’s home. The guesthouse website stated upfront they only accepted heterosexual couples, but these two men still tried to book a room, probably knowing they would be rejected. Seems like a setup to me, and that the Christian owners were targeted.
The Word of God is exact when it comes to what Christ Our Savior considers a sin. If He considered it a sin in the book of Genesis, and is listed several times throughout God’s Word, then it’s still a sin today. And among the sins listed, homosexuality is one of them.
“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”
Paul reiterates that this is a sin.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
If you do not repent and continue to sin, the bible is clear where sinners are to spend eternity. But while there is still breath in you, there is still chance that you can accept Christ as your Savior. The Word of God says that every knee shall bow and confess to God.
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'”
Written by: Gloria