27/11/2013

Guesthouse Owners Lose Supreme Court Appeal

The owners of a guesthouse, ordered to pay almost £4,000 to a couple they refused to allow in their business because they are gay, have lost their Supreme Court appeal.

In 2008 Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall were turned away from Hazelmary and Peter Bull's Cornwall guesthouse, Chymorvah House.

The Bull's claimed that they refused to let the men stay the double room they had booked because of a "religiously-informed judgment of conscience".

In a subsequent court case in 2011, Bristol Crown Court ruled that the Bulls had acted unlawfully and ordered them to pay a total of £3,600 damages.

In 2012, the Bull's went to the Court of Appeal over the decision, but the court upheld the original ruling.

The couple had finally taken their case to the Supreme Court, hoping to have the Court of Appeal's decision overturned.

Five Supreme Court justices however ruled against them on Wednesday after analysing the case at a hearing in London in October.

(MH/CD)

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