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Marazion B&B Discrmination Case Could Go To Supreme Court

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3:54pm 12th March 2012

The Marazion B&B owners who refused to let a gay couple share a double room could take their case to the Supreme Court.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull have already lost an appeal against a discrimination ruling.

The pair argued their deeply held Christian beliefs were behind the decision not to let Steven Preddy and civil partner Martin Hall stay at Chymorvah House in 2008.

Jonathan Finney from the gay rights organisation Stonewall: "If you're running a business, and you open up your home and operate a commercial enterprise, just as you can't opt out of health and safety laws, you're not exempted from tax regime, neither are you exempted from any other laws. No-one is above the law if they're running a business. This law makes that absolutely clear."

Andrea Williams from the Christian Legal Centre: "In a country, which has so valued freedom, it's about a balancing rights. In a free and civilised society, what should happen is the homosexuals rights should be balance with the Christian's rights. Room should be made for the two to be able to live side by side."

3:54pm 12th March 2012

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