CORNWALL — The Christian owners of a bed and breakfast in Cornwall, England are selling their business, which also served as their home, after legal costs and harassment from opponents drove them to close their doors.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull have placed the Chymorvah Hotel on the market as they state that circumstances have devastated their business and lives.
“In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right,” Hazelmary told the Daily Mail. “This is like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this. We are not facing the future with any real enthusiasm.”
The situation 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.
“We were not even half-full,” Hazelmary told the Telegraph. “We must have been the only place in west Cornwall that had rooms left.”
Therefore, the Chymorvah Hotel is now on the market, and the Bulls will be finding another place to live.
“We always ran our business in accordance with what it says in the Bible,” Hazelmary told the BBC. “We are responsible for what happens under our own roof, and it was important we abided by that.”
As previously reported, a Christian couple in the United States decided to close their bakery last month and conduct business from their home after they similarly experienced continuous harassment from homosexual advocates.
“It’s a sad day for Christian business owners and it’s a sad day for the First Amendment,” Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, told conservative commentator Todd Starnes. “The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he stated. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”