UK Hotel Must Pay Damages for Wrongly Banning Gays from Sharing Room

Travel News — By John Curran on January 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

While a small hotel near Penzance, a town in Cornwall, argued that they were following their personal views in banning non-married couples from sharing their double rooms, two men from Bristol successfully sued and won damages.

Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy had tried to rent a double room from Peter and Hazelmary Bull in the fall of 2008, and found that the Bulls refused to allow them to both occupy the room at the Chymorvah Private Hotel. A judge ruled, according to the Daily Telegraph, that the policy was a violation of sexual orientation discrimination statutes because it did not recognize civil partnerships.

Since under United Kingdom law Hall and Preddy cannot be married in the country, that was an unfair policy of the Bulls, who have to pay 1,800 pounds to each man as a result of the event. However, the judge has allowed the possibility of appeal due to the difficult nature of the case, which has been seen as an important one in establishing precedent.

For those travelers who may not want to go to court to enjoy some time in the region of Cornwall, the local LGBT pride organization has a listing of hotels it knows to cater, without reservation, to all vacationers, and is worth checking out for those considering the trip.

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Tags: Cornwall, Gay-friendly accomodations, LGBT discrimination, Penzance, United Kingdom

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