In an interview this week on British television, a Christian couple defended their decision to deny a room to two homosexual men—even though it ended up costing them their livelihood.
As previously reported, Peter and Hazelmary Bull of Cornwall, England are selling their business, which also served as their home, after legal costs and harassment from homosexual advocates drove them to close their doors.
The situation at issue occurred in 2008, when Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy reserved a double room, but was turned away by the manager when he discovered they were homosexuals. Chymorvah Hotel does not allow unmarried couples–homosexual or heterosexual–to share a room.
“Please note that as Christians we have a deep regard for marriage (being the union of one man to one woman for life to the exclusion of all others),” the business website states. “Therefore, although we extend to all a warm welcome to our home, our double bedded accommodation is not available to unmarried couples.”
However, after Hall and Preddy were turned away, the Bulls found themselves having to face a legal battle in court. They were ordered by the Bristol County Court to pay restitution to the men in the amount of $2,900 each, and also racked up a considerable bill in legal fees.
The Bulls state that they have also been the targets of vandalism and even death threats since the incident went public. They told reporters that a dead rabbit was once nailed to their fence, the bolts were removed out of the wheels of their car, and they were infected with pornography on their computer.
In addition to the harassment they have experienced, the Bulls state that financial woes have forced them to close their doors and sell the property as business has slowed down significantly due to opposition.
This week, the Bulls appeared on ITV Daybreak, where they explained their Christian convictions and their beliefs that God should not be shut out of the way His people operate their businesses.
“As a Christian, surely the God you worship is a loving God, is a tolerant God. And if people are in a civil partnership, they are obviously in love, so what is wrong with them sharing a bed?” host Aled Jones asked.
“I think it’s a myth to believe that entirely,” Hazelmary Bull replied. “He is a loving God, that’s true. He’s a forgiving God, but there is…”
“And a tolerant one?” Jones interrupted.
“He is a longsuffering God; He’s not entirely tolerant because the Bible is full of cases when He does finally bring judgment about,” she replied. “We felt that we wanted to, as far as possible, live according to His instructions, and the Bible is very clear about marriage.”
“It’s 2013,” co-host Lorraine Kelly noted. “It’s 2013.”
“God hasn’t changed; Jesus says He’s the same yesterday, today and forever,” Bull replied. “He hasn’t changed, the Bible hasn’t changed, and we are wrong—we are living in a dream—if we think that He has changed His laws to suit us, because that’s not the case at all.”
Later, when Bull explained that the way they run their business is not exempt from the Lordship of Christ, Kelly emphasized that the Bull’s were only referring to their God and not the god that others envision.
“God demands that our faith doesn’t end at the kitchen door. He means for your faith to run in every corner of your life,” Bull replied. “You can’t just section Him off like that. So one would think that dealing with Christians, we would be fair and honest and upright and honorable and live according to the Bible, because the Bible is the Christian’s textbook.”
The Bull’s have appealed their case to the UK Supreme Court even though they have put their bed and breakfast up for sale.