There is no place for sexism, racism or homophobia in this century
get an approval rating of -409?
In the world of the Mail website comments section, of course.
The story is that Peter and Hazelmary Bull, owners of The Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion refused to allow a gay couple (in a civil partnership) to stay in the double room they had booked because they only allow married, heterosexuals to stay in double rooms. This despite the fact they had accepted the booking in the first place and the couple had arrived.
They have now
lodged a county court claim for up to £5,000 in damages alleging 'direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation'.
The hotel website says:
'Here at Chymorvah you will be met by a friendly welcome'.
It fails to add 'but only if you're on of us'.
The Mail story claims the hotel's website also says:
'We have few rules but please note that out of a deep regard for marriage we prefer to let double accommodation to heterosexual married couples only'.
Although the implication is there, the use of 'prefer' doesn't actually clearly ban gay couples.
In any case, this has now been changed to:
Here at Chymorvah we have few rules, but please note that as Christians we have a deep regard for marriage (being the union of one man to one woman for life to the exclusion of all others). Therefore, although we extend to all a warm welcome to our home, our double bedded accommodation is not available to unmarried couples – Thank you.
The comment from Mrs Bull is worth noting:
I have had people clearly involved in affairs and under-age people who have tried to book in here for sex, and I have refused them the same as I refused these gentlemen because I won’t be a party to anything which is an affront to my faith under my roof.
Note the seeming equivalence of under-age sex with a gay couple in a civil partnership.
The last word must go to commentator BWJ, who says:
In my view there is too much pandering to this so-called equality lark.
That gets a +546 rating.