Two legal decisions today one not unexpected and one completely bizarre
In Bull v Hall & Preddy  EWCA Civ 83 the Court of Appeal confirmed that two B&B owners had discriminated against a same sex couple by refusing to let them have a Double Room. The decision was based on the provisions of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 which have now been incorporated into the Equality Act 2010.
Essentially the Bulls are a Christian couple who believe that sex should only take place in the context of a married, monagamous and heterosexual relationship. They run a Bed and Breakfast and applied a rule that only married couples could share a room, the rule was applied to unmarried heterosexual couples as well as same-sex couples. However the Court held that since, by definition, a same sex couple could never fall within the definition of a married couple applied by the Bulls the rule was discriminatory towards same sex couples and hence illegal.
I am not surprised by the ruling which was to be expected in view of all the previous decisions on the rights, or to be more precise, lack of rights of Christians in the public sphere. However what does irritate me is that the Judge did not try to address the basic point behind the Bulls objection namely the fact that giving a double room to an unmarried couple would make the Bulls morally complicit in an immoral act. Were they, for example, running a restaurant and had refused to give a meal to a same sex couple then that would have been simple discrimination but their stand was more nuanced than that and it is unfortunate that that British Courts seem unable to recognise that point