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If They Called the B&B Ahead of Time, Its Owner Would’ve Explained Its No-Gays Policy

Michael Black and John Morgan, a gay British couple, wanted to spend a lovely Friday night at the Swiss Bed & Breakfast in Maidenhead, about 30 miles northwest of London, but when they arrived owner Susanne Wilkinson refused to rent them their room. Because, eww, two dudes sharing a bed?

Wilkinson, whose B&B kindly offers a Continental breakfast and “TV with Freeview + DVD player” in each bedroom, tells a reporter, “They gave me no prior warning and I couldn’t offer them another room as I was fully booked. I don’t see why I should change my mind and my beliefs I’ve held for years just because the government should force it on me. I am not a hotel, I am a guest house and this is a private house.”

She should change her mind because she just violated Britain’s Equality Act 2006, which forbids businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation, and the two men reported her to the police, that’s why.