British Supreme Court Finds Christian Bed and Breakfast Owners Guilty of Homosexual Discrimination

Bulls ytLONDON — The five justices of the British Supreme Court have ruled against the Christian owners of a UK bed and breakfast for declining to allow two men to sleep together because they are homosexual.

As previously reported, 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.

After losing in appeals court, they appealed the case to the Supreme Court in hopes of having the ruling overturned and the order to pay damages annulled. However, on Wednesday, the court sided with Hall and Preddy, stating that because the men were in a civil partnership, they should have had the same–or similar–protections as if they were married.

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“Marriage and civil partnership exist both to recognise and to encourage stable, committed, long-term relationships. It is very much in the public interest that intimate relationships be conducted in this way,” the justices stated. “Now that, at long last, same-sex couples can enter into a mutual commitment which is the equivalent of marriage, the suppliers of goods, facilities and services should treat them in the same way.”

The court also noted that the case served as “a measure of how far we have come in the recognition of same-sex relationships.”

However, the Bulls expressed disappointment over the ruling, stating that they found it ironic that while homosexuals are protected by the courts, Christians are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens.

“Obviously, we are deeply disappointed and saddened by the outcome. We’re just ordinary Christians who believe in the importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” they stated. “Britain ought to be a country of freedom and tolerance, but it seems religious beliefs must play second fiddle to the new orthodoxy of political correctness.”

“Somehow, we have got to find a way of allowing different beliefs to coexist in our society,” the Bulls said. “The judges sidestepped that big issue and reinforced the notion that gay rights must trump everything else.”

Similar rulings are occurring in the United States as a number of florists, bakers, hotel owners and photographers have been declared guilty of discrimination for operating their business in accordance with their Christian values.

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  • Carmelina

    They don’t know what God says about that devilish relation.

  • Lawrence Ssekajja

    Ofcourse this just emphasises the nature of our times…Jesus is coming back soon to take his church without spot or wrinkle!!

  • John Watson

    Homosexual rights is truly a blood sport. The same group that calls and demands tolerance and acceptance of their lifestyle and beliefs hates and discriminates against any opinion that disagrees with theirs.

    • Amen to that. The gay community are like those in Lots day, operating depraved indifference to holiness. When Lot told them, “These are holy men!” They refused to hear, became violent in their lustful raid on Lot’s home. They were so filled with their own ways only God could stop their heinous rage for the lust of the flesh. Only he can stem the tide now. Gays and their supporters have zero tolerance for anyone who do not accept their worldview. It’s not just the gay community either, because fornicators and adulterers refuse to be corrected today as well. This is the work of flesh. Obeying God comes with a price, but in the end, it will be worth it all. Real Christians don’t hate sinners, because they know that they too were once enemies of the cross but saved by Grace. Sin is what God says it is; not what we pick and choose it to be. It’s hard denying the flesh, straight or gay, but we all must learn to walk after the Spirit of God.

      • John Watson

        Absolutely LD. Totally agree, same sex marriage is not a new idea. It was a common practice in Ancient Rome. History also shows that the dravity had no limits. That the most evil practices of evil people have no bounds. Like Rome, the dapravity of the nation is what actually destroys it from within

  • Jim

    This was handled not so good on the part of the Bulls. In my opinion, turning away sinners is NOT the way to bring them to Christ. Were they bought to repentence? No! A way to persuade the couple repent is to:

    A. Be as kind as possible. Take some pity on them. Say “Have a blessed day”. Etc.

    B. Drop hints. When setting up their room, leave some religious artifacts around. Leave a Bible in the middle of their freshly-made bed. It’s difficult even for married couples to know their spouse while a Jesus hanging on a cross stares in the direction of the bed, lol.

    Atleast, that’s how I’d have done it. Pope Francis washed the feet of Muslims. He humbly serves sinners and saints alike, much like Jesus washing the feet of the prostitute. Why couldn’t the Bulls have done the same for the homosexuals?

    • John Watson

      You’re making a huge assumption…. Of course they can be saved the problem is they don’t want to be saved… Assuming placing a bible in the middle of the bed and they see the errors of their way…. Doubt it. They most like tear it up or use for other things. These kind only come out with fasting and prayer. They truly are demon possessed.

    • Jesus did not drop any hints to sinners. He spoke directly to them about their sin, in love, and made it plain that his way was the only way. Jesus did not drop a hint to the people when he openly died on a cross and took upon him our shame and reproach, making an “open show” against the powers of darkness. Sin is increasing, therefore the hardness of the heart of men, therefore, the righteous must be “bold as a lion”. Some Christians have an erroneous view of God’s love. Love works no ill to his neighbor, and it sure would have been ill of the Bulls if they allowed anyone to live in sin. Don’t side with the world, choose Jesus. Walk in his wisdom. The word of God says, “woe to them that are offended by the gospel”. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a sword; it pierces, it cuts clean, but it’s cutting away the cancer of sin that if hinted at is going to take that soul and body to a real burning hell. The world is going to get offended; we are to love them any way by telling them the truth and living also the truth before them. I’ve left literature, before, but I also handed literature directly to people while teaching the truth. I have eaten with, loved many gay people, while boldly stating what thus saith The Lord reads in scripture. Before Peter was converted, he was a coward, rash and presumptuous; when he was converted, and filled with Spirit, he was bold with the Sword of the Spirit, but humbled and meek in his Spirit. The devil is at work, and you cannot handle him with kid gloves. He’s the one inspiring all these law suits against Christian business owners. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” thank God for Jesus. “BE BOLD, BE STRONG; FOR THE LORD OUR GOD IS WITH US”; the scripture tells us to be very courageous. God is allowing these things to come to stir his people; he is weeding out the fakers from among us, and you will know them by their fruit. Because he is coming for a Bride without spot, wrinkle and blemish. May God bless you to hear what he is saying unto the churches.

  • Jerry Reiter

    There are Christians who are killed for sharing the Gospel. There are Christians who are jailed for praying. Persecution of Christians is a serious thing, but this case has nothing to do with Christians being persecuted. The law simply requires business owners to accommodate everyone. Blaming their lawsuit on Christ seems most unfair. Jesus spent time with the people who were deemed sinners by the religious conservatives of His day. The only people Jesus could not abide were the self-righteous religious folks.