Euro­pean Court move over B&B rul­ing

The Church of England - - NEWS -

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.”

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