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Christian hoteliers in gay guests row sell up

20 September 2013 by
Christian hoteliers in gay guests row sell up

A Christian couple who refused a gay couple a double room in their Cornish guesthouse because of their religious beliefs have been forced to sell up.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they had put the Chymorvah hotel in Marazion, Cornwall on the market because of a lack of guests, and because they were struggling with legal bills.

The nine-bedroom hotel is on the market for £750,000.

The couple had to pay £3,600 in damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy after they were found to have breached the Equalities Act by refusing the pair a room in 2008.

The Bulls, who are taking the case to the Supreme Court after their appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The Bulls regard any sex outside marriage as a "sin" but deny either direct or indirect discrimination.

Mrs Bull told the Western Daily Press: "Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It's not right.

"This is like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this. We are not facing the future with any real enthusiasm."

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