lawsuits

Gay Couple Win $6K From Hotel Owners Who Didn’t Want To Hear Their Headboard Banging

Peter and Hazelmary Bull, the hotel owners who refused civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy a room at their Chymorvah Private Hotel, were found guilty of being terrible hosts by a British court. (The Bulls maintained they refuse to let any unmarried couple share a double room; their civil partnership, evidently, didn’t count. They also insisted they were set up.) The hotel owning pair claimed last month that if they lost in court they would have to shut down their hotel. Well, start boarding it up, bubba! Or not: While Hall and Preddy were seeking £5,000 in damages for the Bulls’ violation of the Equality Act, a judge awarded them £1,800, or about $2,880. (UPDATE: Sorry, that’s £1,800 each.) So what does the ruling mean? That the Bulls will no longer be able to enforce their policy discriminating against gays and the unmarried. So how many nights can one couple stay for £1,800?