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Gay Couple Sues Bed and Breakfast for Moral Stance

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“We imagined that in a so-called Christian country that we would have the freedom to practice our beliefs the same as many other religions are protected,”

By Peter Wooding

07/09/2010 UK (CBN News)-Owners of a bed and breakfast in Cornwall , England are facing legal action for refusing a double room to a gay couple.

Visitors at the Chymorvah House can get a home-cooked English breakfast and enjoy beautiful views of the coast. But if you’re unmarried, Christian owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull insist you sleep in separate rooms.

That moral approach has led to a lawsuit by homosexual Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy. The men were told they couldn’t stay in a room together, because it violates hotel policy.

The Bulls told CBN News they would have offered single bed accommodation to a homosexual, but they stand by their policy of not allowing unmarried couples to sleep in a double room.

“Being Christian we believe it’s a moral duty to our Lord to carry out His wishes and what He wants,” Peter said. “We try to be fair in everything we do, but this item is our respect for married rights.”

“We imagined that in a so-called Christian country that we would have the freedom to practice our beliefs the same as many other religions are protected,” Hazelmary said. “To find that we are faced with this court action was a real surprise.”

Tom Ellis, the lawyer defending the Bulls, added that another Christian couple is facing similar consequences for taking a moral stand at their guesthouse.

“The case of Mrs. Wilkinson who owned a bed and breakfast and refused two men to share a double room,” he said. “This case is not about homosexuality or sexual orientation, but about sexual practices outside of marriage.”

“The Human Rights Act guarantees everyone the freedom of religion, and that right allows people to manifest that belief in accordance with their personal convictions,” he explained. “Therefore, they have the right not to choose to endorse or to encourage matters which they consider to be wrong according to biblical principles.”

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