CORNWALL – The Christian owners of a bed and breakfast in Cornwall, England are selling their business, which also served as their home, after legal costs and harassment from opponents drove them to close their doors.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull have placed the Chymorvah Hotel on the market as they state that circumstances have devastated their business and lives.
“In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right,” Hazelmary told the Daily Mail. “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.”
The situation occurred in 2008, when Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy reserved a double room, but was turned away by the manager when he discovered they were homosexuals. Chymorvah Hotel does not allow unmarried couples–homosexual or heterosexual–to share a room.
“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),” the business website states. “Therefore, although we extend to all a warm welcome to our home, our double bedded accommodation is not available to unmarried couples.”
However, after Hall and Preddy were turned away, the Bulls found themselves having to face a legal battle in court. They were ordered by the Bristol County Court to pay restitution to the men in the amount of $2,900 each, and also racked up a considerable bill in legal fees.