Are you being served?

This morning I read a story in the Daily Mail about B&B owners who refused to let a gay couple stay in their guesthouse.

They say they’re being victimized. They say their website has been hacked and ‘corrupted’ with pornography. They say they’ve received death threads.

Now I think their ‘married only’ policy is a bit odd. What people want to do when they’re on holiday is up to them. Business owners shouldn’t interfere with other people’s life. And the law agrees on that. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations are secondary legislation in the United Kingdom, outlawing discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education and public functions on the grounds of sexual orientation. In other words; no-one is allowed to force gay couples to pay for and sleep in separate rooms just because they think homosexuality is wrong!

What you believe is, of course, your own opinion. But if you run a business your beliefs should be left at the front door. You shouldn’t force people into your way of thinking. And that’s what these owners did. They forced their beliefs upon their guests.
They believe they have more rights than gay couples. They think it’s their business to decide who stays with who in a room. Is that fair? No, it’s not. Guests are perfectly fine to decide themselves who they are willing to sleep with. In the broadest sence of the term. No-one decides for them, not even Christian B&B owners.

The Daily Mail stated that Mrs Bull said:

‘In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right.’

Of course this isn’t right. But they did it themselves. They had a nice little business. But they decided that some people were less than others.
The Daily Mail then goes on to quote some reviews on the TripAdvisor site. Now from this I get the idea that it’s not the gay thing that’s brought this business down. I think there’s much more that hasn’t helped this hotel to survive.


Now there’s the death threads. They claim they have had the bolts removed from the wheels of their car. That is very serious. You may disagree with what they did. You may disagree with their opinions. But never, under no surcumstances, is it okay to try to kill someone. NEVER! Not even threaten to kill.

They went to court for this. The judge rules against them. That should be enough. For everyone. They’ll lose their business, they’ll lose everything they’ve worked for. All because they didn’t think twice about refusing a gay couple. That should be more than enough!

This post is written for the Daily Prompt.
Photo courtesy of Jorge Miente.

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