View Poll Results: Should B&B owners be allowed to refuse gay couples?

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  • Yes, they should be allowed to refuse anyone for any reason

    65 59.63%
  • The should be allowed to refuse if it violates their religious beliefs

    3 2.75%
  • They should be fined for discriminating against gays

    16 14.68%
  • They should lose their B&B license for discriminating against gays

    19 17.43%
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    6 5.50%
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Thread: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous grounds

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    Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous grounds

    This is in England where a Christian B&B owner refused a homosexual couple accommodation. Should this be allowed or not? For those of you who haven't visited the UK, B&Bs are much more common over there and American style motels are rare. Many, many homeowners supplement their incomes by operating B&Bs in their homes.

    Should they be forced to take in gay couples if it is against their religious beliefs?

    Gay couple turned away from B&B by Christian owners | World news | The Guardian

    A gay couple were turned away from a bed and breakfast by its Christian owner who claimed it was against her convictions for two men to share a bed.

    Michael Black and John Morgan from Brampton, Cambridgeshire, booked a double room at the B&B in Cookham, Berkshire, for Friday night.

    When they arrived, Susanne Wilkinson and her husband Francis refused to allow them to stay. The owner said later that she had turned them away because it was against her policy to accommodate same sex couples. Black and Morgan claimed they were treated like lepers as a result of their sexuality. They reported the matter to Thames Valley police and have given a statement to police. Under the Equality Act 2006 it is illegal to discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    What I find hypocritical on the part of the B&B owners is that, I seriously doubt they check the marriage certificates of straight couples. If they are so devoutly committed to traditional morality, they should be consistent.

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    Their business, their rules.
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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    I wonder if it would be possible for Britain to accomodate B&B owners who want to run family oriented, traditional value B&Bs for those who desire them?

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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    Depends on local laws.
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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Should they be forced to take in gay couples if it is against their religious beliefs?

    Gay couple turned away from B&B by Christian owners | World news | The Guardian
    Well, English law is different from U.S. law in this regard.

    In general, I lean towards the rights of business owners to refuse service to anyone.

    However, put it in a different context. Should a business be able to turn away blacks simply because they're black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Depends on local laws.
    I was asking what the readership here thinks the law should be. Since a B&B is in a private home, it does make it different than a hotel and motel.

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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    As long as it is not a protected class in the 14th amendment.

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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Since a B&B is in a private home, it does make it different than a hotel and motel.
    No, in that regard, a B&B is no different than a hotel.

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    Re: Should a Bed and Breakfast Owner be allowed to refuse Gay couples on religous gro

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Well, English law is different from U.S. law in this regard.

    In general, I lean towards the rights of business owners to refuse service to anyone.

    However, put it in a different context. Should a business be able to turn away blacks simply because they're black?
    Exactly. What if this were a Black or interracial couple who were refused on those grounds?

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