The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Innkeepers lose

Two innkeepers were convicted of sexual discrimination for refusing to allow a gay couple into their hotel in Cornwall, England.

The innkeepers, who argued they were trying to live and work according to their Christian faith, were ordered to pay about $5,700 for turning the male partners away.

"Our double-bed policy was based on our sincere beliefs about marriage, not hostility to anybody," Hazelmary Bull told the court, saying the policy is also applied to unmarried heterosexual couples.

The judge said the Bulls' views were outdated and violated Britain's Equality Act of 2007.


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