A Christian couple who run a B&B in Cookham, Berkshire have lost their case against two homosexuals they turned away.
Michael Black, 64, and John Morgan, 59, brought their case against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson in January 2011 after they were prevented from sharing a double room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast.
Mr Morgan and Mr Black booked the room and paid a deposit but when they arrived at the B&B in March 2010, Mrs Wilkinson realised they were a couple and refused to allow them to stay.
The couple even called the police over her refusal but were told they should make a civil claim against the Wilkinsons.
Yesterday, the homosexuals, from Brampton near Huntingdon, were awarded £1,800 each at Reading County Court for “injury to feelings”, reported the Press Association.
Mrs Wilkinson said that allowing two men to share a double room would violate her religious beliefs.
Recorder Claire Moulder said that by refusing access to a double room, Mrs Wilkinson had “treated them less favourably than she would have treated an unmarried heterosexual couple in the same circumstances”.
However, the judge appeared to contradict herself by accepting that Mrs Wilkinson was genuine about her Christian beliefs and had also stopped unmarried heterosexual couples from sharing a double bed.
Mrs Wilkinson was granted permission to appeal against the ruling and said she would give it “serious consideration”.
The Chief Executive of homosexual lobby group Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, urged Christians to embrace philanthropy rather than stand up for their beliefs:
“It’s a shame tens of thousands of pounds have been wasted reiterating this well-established principle, when any good Christian would surely prefer to have seen that money spent on relieving poverty or tackling hunger,” he said.
The Equality Act makes it illegal to refuse people goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Earlier this year, Pete and Hazlemary Bull who own the Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion in Cornwall were granted leave to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against a similar verdict.
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