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Christian B&B closes

November 2013

A Christian Bed & Breakfast, at the centre of a case over refusing to give a double room to an unmarried gay couple, has been put up for sale following death threats.

In a statement, Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they had experienced death threats, trespass, vandalism and a severe loss of income since their case was brought to light in 2011. The B&B’s website was hacked and replaced with pornography; wheel nuts have been removed from the Bulls’ car, and a dead rabbit nailed to their
fence.

Because they would only allow married couples to share a double bed at their guesthouse near Penzance in Cornwall, a policy that applied to both hetero- and homosexuals, the Bulls have faced significant persecution.

In 2007, when new gay rights laws were introduced, the government’s tourism board for England struck the Bulls’ B&B off its approved list. A few years later, in 2011, the Bulls were successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, who won £3600 in damages for being refused a room in 2008. Hazelmary Bull said: ‘We just noticed more and more that we couldn’t make the mortgage repayments. Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. We are coming towards next winter and dreading it’.

Mike Judge, spokesman for the Christian Institute, said: ‘It is a chilling view of equality, which ends up treating a pair of honest Christians like this’.

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