The Chymorvah Hotel in Cornwall
The Christian owners of a British hotel have been labelled as liars after they claimed that they did not allow any unmarried couples to share a room.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull, of the Chymorvah Hotel in Cornwall, had denied they had discriminated against Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy by denying them a double room because they were gay.
The Bulls – who recently lost a discrimination case over the matter – insisted that their faith did not allow them to rent a shared room to any un-married couple, gay or straight.
Now, previous guests have come forward disputing this assertion. Dr Ray Newton of the National Secular Society has confirmed that he and his female partner were allowed to rent a double room at the hotel in 2006, despite being unmarried.
Newton said that he never tried to pretend to be married and was not even questioned by the owners about his marital status.
“We made no bones about our not being married and nobody asked any questions either before we arrived, while we were there or after we left. It never occurred to us that this might be a problem in a hotel in Britain in the 21st century,” he said.
The Bulls claimed that their policy has been in operation since they bought the hotel in 1986.