Supreme Court hearing for owners
THE Christian owners of a guesthouse in Marazion who refused to allow a gay couple to stay in a double-bedded room are having their case heard at the Supreme Court.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who recently put Chymorvah Hotel up for sale, are today facing the second day of a hearing at the highest court in the land after their original appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
The couple had to pay £3,600 in damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, from Bristol, after they were refused a double room at the hotel on religious grounds in September 2008.
The Bulls regard any sex outside marriage as a "sin" but deny either direct or indirect discrimination.
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Speaking to ITV's Daybreak on Tuesday ahead of the court case, Mrs Bull said the long-running dispute was "thoroughly regretful".
She added: "We're hoping that in some way or another a pathway will be found through this so that two different lifestyles – which at the moment have had a head-on collision – could live together in our society."
The couple argue that they refuse double beds to non-married heterosexual couples and insist their policy is in accordance with their religious belief about sexual practice not sexual orientation.
The Bulls say they have been forced to put the nine-bedroom property on the market after a decline in business meant they could not afford the mortgage payments.