The Christian owners of a B&B in Cornwall, England who denied a room to a gay couple on religious grounds are now preparing to take their case to the Supreme Court.
Last month, Peter and Hazelmary Bull announced that they were being forced to sell their nine-bedroom B&B after crippling legal fees, bad PR and low occupancy left them “shivering” and “hungry.”
Their tale of woe dates all the way back to September 2008, when a judge ordered they pay £3,600 ($5,800) in damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy after it was determined that their reasons for denying the men a room were invalid and discriminatory.
Their original appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal, so Peter and Hazelmary Bull are now taking their battle to their highest court in the land on October 9.
The couple, who say they also refuse double beds to non-married heterosexual couples, have argued that their policy is in accordance with their religious beliefs and was not related to sexual orientation, but sexual practice.
(Evidently “civil partnerships” and “marriages” are two different things in their God-fearing eyes. We’ll be sure to remember that the next time opponents of marriage equality try suggesting otherwise.)
“We’re hoping that in some way or another a pathway will be found through this so that two different lifestyles — which at the moment have had a head-on collision — could live together in our society,” Hazelmary Bull said in an interview on Tuesday morning.
She also called the whole situation “thoroughly regretful.” Then she added: “We’re running this under our own roof, and our God demands that our faith doesn’t end at the kitchen door.”
“One would think that dealing with Christians, we would be fair and honest and upright and honorable and live according to the Bible,” she continued. “Because the Bible is the Christians’ textbook.”