Sorry our rooms are only for couples
in a properly consummated marriage
Enter the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion, near Penzance, and in the bedrooms you will find open Bibles and Christian leaflets.
Here at Chymorvah you will be met by a friendly welcome. Besides excellent food in plenty and comfortable beds,
you will find a warm hospitality and much happiness, mingled with good service.
But only if you are heterosexual and married.
And this, according to that bastion of paranoia, the Christian Legal Centre, has landed them deep in the soft and
smelly, for they are now facing a discrimination claim brought by a gay couple who were refused a double bed.
Martyn Hall and his civil partner, Steven Preddy, from Bristol, have lodged a claim for damages, alleging sexual orientation
discrimination. The couple are claiming that the refusal to allow them to share a bed was: Direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
They are relying on Equality Act regulations and are claiming up to £5,000 in damages
against the hotel owners, who are now facing a civil action at Bristol County Court this coming Monday.
The Christian Institute, which is assisting the Christian couple, is outraged, and has issued a statement saying: This case is about liberty
of conscience. This guesthouse is Mr and Mrs Bull's own home. They have rights too, and they should not be forced to act against their sincerely held religious beliefs under their own roof. This Christian couple are being put on trial for their beliefs.
Equality laws are being used as a sword rather than a shield.
A judgement on the case will be made after Christmas.