European Court move over B&B ruling
TWO CHRISTIANS who were told it was illegal to turn away unmarried couples from their Bed and Breakfast in Llandrindod in Mid Wales have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.
Jeff and Sue Green advertised that they were Christians who welcomed only married couples to their 13-room bed and breakfast. They received a letter from the Equality and Human Rights legal enforcement team at the end of last year telling them that they could be discriminating against gay couples.
Now they have told the Sunday Telegraph that they have been helped by the Christian Legal Centre to appeal to the European Court in Strasbourg. They will claim that the beliefs and human rights of Christians have been superseded by equal- ity laws.
Mr Green told the Telegraph that Christian businesses were ‘struggling’ to be true to the principles of their faith because of the legal demands made upon them. He said he was taking the case to Europe because the Supreme Court ruling against a guesthouse in Cornwall showed ‘ we don’t have a fighting chance in the UK courts’.
“The very essence of this country is being altered on political whim,” he said. “There does seem to be a liberal, secular agenda that is being driven through quite forcibly, not just a homosexual agenda.”
Andrea Minichiello Williams of the Christian Legal Centre claimed that the case “is about Christian conscience and the right to live out our faith in the public space.”