UK Gay Couple Sues After Hotel Forbids Them to Share a Bed
The owners of the Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, UK, near Cornwall, say they forbid all unmarried couples to share beds because of their "deep regard for marriage." A gay couple is challenging that policy under new anti-discrimination laws:
"Martyn Hall, who lives with his civil partner Steven Preddy, has lodged a county court claim for up to £5,000 in damages alleging 'direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation'. But [owneers Peter and Hazelmary Bull] deny the charge, saying they have a long-standing policy of banning all unmarried couples, both heterosexual and gay, from sharing a bed at the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion near Penzance in Cornwall. Mrs Bull, a 62-year-old great-grandmother, said that even her brother and his female partner had to stay in separate rooms when they visited the hotel...Last August, the Bulls received a letter from Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, saying it had received a complaint and warning the hotel it was breaking the law."