The Sultan’s Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
It’s been revealed that while the Sultan of Brunei allows gay people to be stoned to death in his country he has no qualms about taking their money in the US.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has demanded that the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air immediately stop promoting specialised services to LGBT couples seeking to have wedding ceremonies in the LA area.
Both hotels are part of the Dorchester Collection, which is owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the absolute ruler of Brunei who recently announced the implementation of a new Islamic sharia penal code that will allow for the stoning to death of gays and lesbians.
According to the special “Gay Weddings Los Angeles” page on the Dorchester Collection’s website, The Beverly Hills Hotel offers to “assist you and/or your wedding consultant to reserve your wedding date, design your menu and customised beverage selections, and finalize your schedule of events for your gay wedding in Los Angeles.”
The hotel also offers “complimentary wedding services” for LGBT couples that include a menu tasting, a night’s stay for newly-married spouses, as well as champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for their wedding night.
“The Sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in LA and death by stoning to those in Brunei,” said Chad Griffin, President of the HRC. “This is the height of hypocrisy, and we must ensure that profits from LGBT weddings in the US stop going to a regime that could soon start executing its LGBT citizens.”
A campaign to boycott Dorchester Collection hotels in the US has gained strength after Richard Branson announced that he and his Virgin group of companies would no longer make use of the hotels.
Last month, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights condemned Brunei’s penal code reforms, saying it was “deeply concerned” and that stoning was considered to be “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” under international law.