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03:49 | 24th November 2017

News: UK

Sat 21 Sep, 2013
By Robert Ingham


the controversy has forced them to put the hotel on the market

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The hotel involved in the media storm after refusing a gay couple is to be sold.

Christian couple, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who run the Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall, have said the controversy has forced them to put the hotel on the market.

In September 2008, civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy were refused the double room in the guesthouse due to the owners religious belief. However, the gay couple decided to take the case to court stating that in was in breach of the Equalities Act, and won £3,600 in damages.



As the case drew major media attention, the owners took their case to the Court of Appeal stating that they only allowed married people to share a bed, but it was dismissed, and now the 9-bedroom hotel is on the market for £750,000.

Mrs Bull told the Western Daily Press: "Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It's not right.

"This is like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this. We are not facing the future with any real enthusiasm."

They plan to take their case to the Supreme Court next month.

 

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