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Marazion B&B Owners Lose Appeal
12:24pm 10th February 2012
(Updated 12:24pm 10th February 2012)
The Marazion B&B owners who refused a gay couple a double room lose their appeal.
A court has upheld a ruling Peter and Hazelmary Bull acted unlawfully at the Chymorvah.
The pair argued they did not want Martyn Hall and civil partner Steven Preddy to stay, because of their Christian beliefs.
The verdict means a three and a half thousand pound compensation bill still stands.
After the ruling, John Wadham the Commission's group legal director said:
"We believe that this case will help people to better understand the law around freedom of religion. When offering a service, people cannot use their beliefs - religious or otherwise - to discriminate against others"
"As the discrimination ruling has been upheld, Mr Preddy and Mr Hall are entitled to the compensation ordered by the county court. However, the Commission has no intention of enforcing its entitlement to legal costs''
Simon Calvert of the the Christian Institute, which funded Mr and Mrs Bull's appeal, said:
"Peter and Hazelmary have been penalised for their beliefs about marriage. Not everyone will agree with Peter and Hazelmary's beliefs, but a lot of people will think it is shame that the law doesn't let them live and work according to their own values under their own roof.''
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