Second B&B owner being sued for refusing gay couple a double room

Second B&B owner sued for turning gay couple away

Another gay couple, refused a double room in a bed and breakfast, after the owner told them it was against her Christian convictions to let them share a bed, have launched a claim for sexual discrimination.

Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, sparked a national debate last year when they were turned away from the Swiss B&B in Cookham, Berks, by owner Susanne Wilkinson.

Chris Grayling, who was shadow Home Secretary at the time, came in for a storm of protest after stating his support for Christian hotel owners such as Mrs Wilkinson, who wanted to exclude gay couples from their establishments.

But last week gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy won £3,600 damages from the owners of a Cornish guesthouse when it was ruled the proprietors had broken the law by refusing them a double room.

Mr Black and Mr Morgan, who have been partners for over seven years, have launched legal proceedings against Mrs Wilkinson.

The gay lobby now have the bit between their teeth.

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