Guesthouse owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who have already lost a lawsuit for not renting a room to two gay men, have now found a legal way to enforce their “Bible-based beliefs” and only allow married straight guests – they’ve technically become a nonprofit.
The Bulls, who were ordered to pay over $5,000 in damages in 2012 after losing their appeal, have been backed and funded by The Christian Institute since their social and legal problems started. The Institute came to their defense saying that the Bulls “had to find a way of still running a business so they can pay their mortgage without compromising their beliefs.”
Hazelmary Bull told the Cornishmen newspaper that the Institute advised her and her husband to form a limited company. The couple was able to create it by saying that anyone coming to stay would be expected to accept the Bulls’ beliefs.
“It’s not against homosexuals but unmarried couples,” she said.
Bull then went on to tell Gay Star News that she is not homophobic and is only standing up for what she believes in.
“It’s hard for us, this is not something we’ve made up,” she told Gay Star News. “We have to follow the beliefs of the Bible and the God we love and serve.”
That statement seems counteractive to the one she gave when asked if gay marriage becomes legal in the U.K. Bull said that “it wouldn’t change anything” and her and her husband would continue to turn away same-sex couples.
Florida had a similar controversy when the Royal Palms guesthouse turned a female away from a party and the reversed its decision.