Zev Porat

Thursday, July 11, 2013

United Kingdom: Religious rights as important as 'gay' rights

In a stunning case in the United Kingdom, an appellate court has concluded in a dispute over homosexuals' access to a bed-and-breakfast run by Christians that religious rights are as valid as "gay" rights.

The opinion comes in a case against the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire. The owner, Susanne Wilkinson, was ordered earlier to pay a homosexual duo, Michael Black and John Morgan, about $6,000 in damages for denying them permission to use a bedroom.

Nevertheless, the determination that religious rights are as valid as "gay" rights was significant, according to the Christian Institute.

"There is hope for Christian-owned bed and breakfasts that restrict double rooms to married couples only," the organization reported.

"Although the B&B at the center of the case lost its appeal, the court said its marriage policy should not be regarded as 'direct discrimination' against same sex couples," the organization reported. "The Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said in his ruling that he would prefer to treat such a policy as indirect discrimination, which can be lawful if the policy is justified."


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