By Mirembe Martina
A gay couple went to their guest house to spend a night. Being a christian couple, they refused them from spending the night and now, they are being penalized for the action.
The christian couple is now being a target for ridicule and hate campaigns since the incident about three years back. They have now been forced to close their business and have lost a lot of money since the case began.
They now say they are planning to convert their hotel into a Christian rest center but are still waiting for a Charities Commission ruling.
The couple appealed against the verdict, saying they had the human right to stop unmarried couples from sharing a double bedroom according to their beliefs. They refuted the idea that they were discriminating against Mr Hall and Mr Preddy, stating that they believed sex outside marriage was a sin. They lost the appeal and said they were disappointed.
Sir Andrew Morritt, Chancellor of the High Court, Lord Justice Hooper and Lady Justice Rafferty, at the Court of Appeal in London, last week rejected their plea.
Lady Justice Rafferty said: ‘Whilst the appellants’ beliefs about sexual practice may not find the acceptance that once they did, nevertheless a democratic society must ensure that their espousal and expression remain open to those who hold them. However, in a pluralist society it is inevitable that from time to time, as here, views, beliefs and rights of some are not compatible with those of others. As I have made plain, I do not consider that the appellants face any difficulty in manifesting their religious beliefs, they are merely prohibited from so doing in the commercial context they have chosen.’
Although they did not personally attend the appeal, Mr Bull said, “The only thing that we can really say is that we are disappointed that we cannot run our guesthouse as we wish. We are trying to become a Christian rest center, a charity, and in that way our biblical beliefs can be part of what we do for people who want to come here. They will have to abide by our rules. We don’t have freedom of speech any more. Christianity is under attack.
Christian Institute has offered lawful and monetary support for the Bulls’ appeal, which took place more than a year after the original court decision in the case.
After the ruling, Simon Calvert, from The Christian Institute, said: “[They] have been penalized for their beliefs. A lot of people will think it is shame the law doesn’t let them live and work according to their own values under their own roof.”