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Gay couple B&B row: 'Right to make a stand'

A gay couple from Cambridgeshire who were refused a room at a B&B say it was right to make a stand against discrimination.

The bed and breakfast owner has lost her appeal against a ruling that she unlawfully discriminated against the gay couple when she refused to let them stay in a double room.

Susanne Wilkinson from Berkshire claims she couldn't let Michael Black and his partner John Morgan from Brampton share a room because it was against her religious beliefs.

Judges at the Court of Appeal dismissed Mrs Wilkinson's challenge but said she could appeal to the Supreme Court.


B&B owner loses gay discrimination case

Michael Black and John Morgan, from Brampton near Huntingdon

A B & B owner has lost her appeal against a ruling she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple when she refused to let them stay in a double room.

Christian Susanne Wilkinson declined to let Michael Black, 64, and John Morgan, 59, have the room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010.

A judge at Reading County Court heard that the pair, from Brampton, near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire, who had made a reservation and paid a deposit, protested at their treatment but Mrs Wilkinson made it clear that it was against her religious convictions to allow two men to share a bed.

Today, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice McCombe, in the Court of Appeal in London, dismissed Mrs Wilkinson's challenge, but gave her permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The appeal, on October 9, will be heard at the same time as that of Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who refused to let Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy share a bedroom at their seaside guesthouse in Cornwall.


Police investigate Twitter comments

Cambridgeshire Police are reportedly investigating complaints about comments reportedly made on Twitter by BNP leader Nick Griffin about a gay couple from Huntingdon.

The MEP is alleged to have published the address of Michael Black and John Morgan on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside their home after they won a legal battle against a B&B owner who refused to let them share a double room.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said:

"We have received a number of calls in relations to the tweets and are looking into the complaints we have received.

"Officers will also visit the men mentioned in the tweets as part of our inquiries."

One of the tweets included a home address, she added.

Gay couple discriminated against by B&B owners

A gay couple have been awarded damages by a County Court judge after a Christian couple refused them a double bed at a bed and breakfast guesthouse in Cookham, Berkshire.

A Judge at Reading County Court ruled that Michael Black and John Morgan f were discriminated against by owners of Swiss bed and breakfast and that their feelings were injured by being turned away from the guesthouse because they were homosexual.

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