Gay couple Michael Black and John Morganwere turned away from Swiss B&B house by the owner Susanne Wilkinson who said it was “against her convictions” for two men to share a bed.
This one caught my eye in the news and I predict this latest “episode” may have the potential to become the new battlefront and rallying point, for both sides of the divide.
First I read the BBC report:-
A gay couple were turned away from a Berkshire guest house by the owner who said it was “against her convictions” for two men to share a bed.
Michael Black and John Morgan, from Brampton, Cambridgeshire, had booked a double room at the Swiss B&B, Terry’s Lane, in Cookham, for Friday night.
When they arrived Susanne Wilkinson refused to let them stay.
She admitted she did turn the couple away because it was against her policy to accommodate same sex couples.
The couple have now reported the matter to Thames Valley Police.
Under the Equality Act 2006 it is illegal to discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Ms Wilkinson told the BBC: “They gave me no prior warning and I couldn’t offer them another room as I was fully booked.
“I don’t see why I should change my mind and my beliefs I’ve held for years just because the government should force it on me.
“I am not a hotel, I am a guest house and this is a private house.”
Mr Black and Mr Morgan were in the village, near Maidenhead, to meet some friends for dinner and to see a local play.
Mr Black told the BBC: “We’re two respectable middle-aged men – John is leader of the Lib Dem group on Huntingdon Town Council.
I must admit I breathed a heavy sigh of relief when I noted an absence of the word “Christian” in this BBC report, however, my relief was short lived:
Mrs Wilkinson said: “I don’t see why I should change my mind and my beliefs I’ve held for years just because the government should force it on me.
“The property is not a hotel. It operates as a guest house and private home.”
Mr Wilkinson disputed the couple’s claim that they had not been given a friendly welcome.
“We are Christians and we believe our rights don’t have to be subordinated. We have religious freedom and we are not judging that but we are not prepared to have that sort of activity under our roof,” he said. “These people are very organised and we have already been inundated with abusive calls and emails. It is really sad that people act like that.”
A Thames Valley police spokeswoman said she could not comment on the particular case, but added that similar complaints would normally tend to be dealt with as civil matters.
Get your tin hats on folks, cos here we go again. I wonder which Christian legal group will be first out of the blocks.