It looks like it’s the end of the road for Hazelmary and Peter Bull, the Christian husband-wife duo who denied a gay couple a room at their B&B.
Five Supreme Court judges have ruled against the business owners, saying their actions were discriminatory, and effectively bringing the lengthy legal battle to a close.
The Bulls first refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall share a bed at their B&B in Cornwall, England back in 2008. At the time, they citied their religious convictions as their reason for discriminating against the couple, claiming that only legally married couples were allowed to share beds in their establishment.
Preddy and Hall sued and, in 2011, a judge ordered the Bulls to fork over £3,600 ($5,840) in damages. The Bulls appealed the ruling. After losing a fight in the Court of Appeal, they took their case the England’s Supreme Court.
This week, all five Supreme Court judges ruled against the B&B owners.
The Bulls now have the option of bringing their case to the European Court of Human Rights, which they may do, but if they’re smart, they’ll just admit defeat and move on. They’ve already had to sell their B&B to pay for legal costs and they have virtually no public support.
But somehow we don’t see that happening.
The couple recently told the BBC: “We prefer to break the law of the land and get in trouble than to break the law of God and be castigated by him.”
Evidently they don’t view having their livelihood destroyed, losing multiple court battles, and being ridiculed by the public as God’s way of “castigating” them.