Owners await highest court's decision
A CHRISTIAN couple who refuse to let unmarried couples share rooms at their guesthouse in Marazion face an anxious wait after concluding a last-ditch bid to win their case in front of the UK's highest court.
In a two-day hearing at the Supreme Court, Peter Bull, 73, and his wife Hazelmary, 69, argued that their decision not to allow civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy to share a double room was an attempt "to keep their consciences clear before God".
The Bulls say they think that any sex outside marriage is "a sin" – and deny discrimination.
The couple asked the Supreme Court to decide whether their actions constituted sex discrimination under equality legislation.
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Aidan O'Neill, QC, for the Bulls, told the court that their decision was founded on their "religiously informed judgment of conscience".
"The Bulls are Christian believers. They believe the Bible to be God's word, which reveals God's perfect standards," he said.
"They take this responsibility very seriously and always strive to keep their consciences clear before God."
Five Supreme Court justices reserved judgment last week after the hearing which began in London on Wednesday, September 9.
The couple, who recently put Chymorvah Hotel up for sale following financial hardship, have already lost fights in a county court and the Court of Appeal.
In 2011 a judge concluded that the Bulls acted unlawfully and ordered them to pay a total of £3,600 damages.
In 2012 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Bulls following a hearing in London.
Mr Hall and Mr Preddy say they were victims of discrimination.
Robin Allen, QC, who represented the two men, told the Supreme Court: "They have lived a life for many years as two gay men in an established, long-term and committed relationship.
"They have received less favourable treatment compared to an opposite-sex couple who are married."
A decision from the Supreme Court, which is final, will be delivered at a later date.