A couple of Christian guesthouse owners have been targeted by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), in a case similar to that of Peter and Hazelmary Bull from a couple of years ago.
Wales-based Jeff and Sue Green had been written to by the UK EHRC to challenge them on their policy of providing double rooms to married couples only.
It told them that it was unlawful to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation. In response, the Greens have changed their policy to offer single bed accommodation, which meant the UK EHRC dropped its case.
However, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) said the Greens intend to go to the European Court for a hearing, believing there are ‘serious implications for Christians’ in the public sphere.
Jeff Green, who is mayor of Llandrindod Wells in Wales, said, ‘It seems that recent UK equality legislation is being used to undermine Christian faith and values. We believe that the rights outlined in the ECHR are an illusion in the UK, so we have to go to Europe because we don’t have a fighting chance in the UK courts’.
Andrea Williams, director of the CLC, said, ‘The ECHR provides very strong protection for freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It is sad that we have to go to Strasbourg to argue for that freedom to be applied in practice, because the British courts have refused to do so. However, it is important that we do.
‘Continuing to expose the incoherency and unfairness of the “equality” agenda is vital to safeguarding the freedom to live for Jesus and tell the good news about him’.