I hope that Mr and Mrs Bull, the Cornish hoteliers who have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to a pair of homosexual men, will appeal against the verdict.
I think Judge Rutherford’s decision is unfair and amounts to religious persecution. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which our government is a signatory, states:-
Article 18 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion...this right includes the freedom...in public or private to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Note that word "practice". What the Bulls did was to have a policy that they would only provide a double-bedded room to married couples, whether homosexual or otherwise. They put this policy clearly on their website and they made it clear that it was because they are devout Christians. All the unmarried heterosexual couples who went to their hotel near Penzance (and there must have been hundreds of them) were polite enough to respect it. Yet a male homosexual couple were so aggressive - and so opportunistic - that they rang up their solicitors and sued.
They acted without any respect for the rights of the Bulls to hold and to practise their religious principles. They even got funding to fight their case from the Equality Commission, which means they got tax-payers' money. Our money. Why?
What they are demanding is not equality. It is domination.
All over the country there are gay clubs, gay bars and gay websites which make it absolutely clear they are not catering for heterosexuals. Would it be legal for a heterosexual to barge in there and impose themselves? Could I sue a gay dating agency for not accepting me as a customer? Could I force a gay club to let me join it, and then complain they did not welcome heterosexuals?
Of course not. So why is it that homosexuals are allowed to behave like that?
These pushy, greedy extremists are taking away the choices and freedoms of others. They are imposing themselves in a wholly unjust and improper fashion. Instead of being grateful for the tolerance given to them by society, they have exercised intolerance in return.
That is unfair and I hope that the verdict (which of course reflects EU policy on so-called "gay" rights) is overturned one day by a higher court, which is mindful of the respect due to ALL the people involved in this sort of situation.
Postscript. Interestingly enough, the historian David Starkey was one of those who expressed concern about this and similar cases. On TV's Question Time, he commented, "It seems to me that what we are doing is producing a tyrannous new morality that is every bit as oppressive as the old." As a historian, he is of course accustomed to taking a detached and long-term view of human affairs, not merely the fashionable views and prejudices of one generation. Incidentally he is also homosexual as he says on this video recording:-