Doesn't this look like just the most peaceful, beautiful setting for a seaside hotel in England? Looking through their website and being a bit of an Anglophile, I would love to go here with my wife for a vacation.
Owned by committed Christians, their reservation page clearly states:
Here at Chymorvah we have few rules, but please note that as Christians we have a deep regard for marriage (being the union of one man to one woman for life to the exclusion of all others).
Therefore, although we extend to all a warm welcome to our home, our double bedded accommodation is not available to unmarried couples – Thank you.
Having stated them up front, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, owners of The Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall apparently had little to no problems with people abiding by these conditions since they bought the hotel in 1986.
Until last August....
That's when the couple received a letter from the gay rights organization Stonewall saying that it had received a complaint and warning the hotel that it was breaking the law with its conditions. Then, the following month, Steven Preddy called up the hotel to make a reservation for a double room for two nights. Mrs. Bull (62), who took the call, assumed that he would be staying with his wife. When Preddy showed up with his gay civil partner, Martyn Hall, the manager informed them that the hotel could not honour the booking since it violated their clearly stated conditions. Before they left, the gay couple told the manager that he was acting illegally. They then left and reported the incident to police.
The Bulls are now facing a county court claim from Hall and Preddy for up to to £5,000 (about $9,000 CAD) in damages alleging "direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation." The couple deny the charge, stating that the their conditions apply to both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Mrs. Bull told the Daily Mail that even her own brother and his female partner have to stay in separate rooms when they come to stay.
The couple's lawyer, Tom Ellis said: "Our argument is that the regulations impinge on the Bulls' human rights. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, people are able to hold a religious belief and manifest it in the way they act."
It seems obvious to me that this couple was deliberately set up, given the close timing of the booking and the letter from Stonewall. It is noteworthy that no heterosexual couple has sued this hotel for the past 23 years, but the first response of the so-called victimized gay couple was to report to the incident to the police. I believe that they knew full well that they would not be spending the night when they showed up. They went in looking for a fight with this Christian couple. In my books, this doesn't make them the victims of anything; they were the ones on the offensive. I only hope that the county court throws this case out for what it is; an agenda-driven garbage lawsuit meant to intimidate and bully good people with convictions.