JUSTICE SERVED COLD
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.
I like how they haven’t notice that God has smote them mightily for their homophobia, leaving them destitute and humiliated in their final years.
God hates those who hate fags.
It’s sad that you think being old is an excuse for denial of freedom and equality to any American. They are free to disagree with gays on religious grounds all they want: in America they are not free to discriminate at will while offering public accommodations.
This “victory” makes us look like people who understand the Constitution: you should read it sometime. The issue is not “delicate” at all, it’s cut and dried. A bed and breakfast is not “a place where others stay”: these grandparents are pocketing money for people to stay there. It’s a business — as such it is a public space subject to the Constitution’s guarantees of freedom and equality for all. Your business does not get an exception to the Constitution because you’re old.
What you’re suggesting is that if their religious beliefs claimed whites superior to blacks (and, yes, the Bible was once misused to justify that) then it would be okay for them in 2013 to hang a “WHITES ONLY” sign on their door — and if anyone found this intolerable they were being bullies. I suggest that you’re full of it, and you should be ashamed of your victim-blaming. It’s a bit much to suggest the loss of their livelihood is not their own fault.
What’s wrong is you downplaying open discrimination as a “disagreement”. A disagreement is when you and your friend cannot agree what movie to watch. Slavery was not a “disagreement.” Jim Crow was not a “disagreement”. The denial of the vote to women was not a “disagreement”, separate fountains based on race was not a “disagreement”, and barring gays from a public business is not a “disagreement”. You really do need to distinguish between a disagreement and blatant discrimination in violation of American ideals and values. In America, people have a right to expect equality. It’s really sad that you don’t take equality seriously.
Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/bb-owners-who-denied-gay-couple-a-room-lose-yet-again-20131127/#ixzz2mE48hZpN
@Dakotahgeo: Whoopsy-daisy. Well let them discriminate away.
Carry on, bigots!