Gay couple turned away from S.C. hotel
March 30 2007 12:00 AM ET
A gay couple
inquiring about a hotel room in South Carolina were turned
away because of their sexual orientation.
Jason Pickel and
Darren Black Bear told local television station WLTX
that they were searching for a home in the Sumter, S.C.,
area and needed a place to stay during their search.
When calling the Affordable Suites of America, a
long-term stay hotel, they asked about pricing and other
details on the room.
"She asked who
the room was going to be for, and I said for my
partner and I,” Pickel said in the news report.
“She said, 'Oh, we don't rent to multiple
people of the same sex.' I said, 'So you don't rent to
gay couples? She said, 'No, we don't rent to gay people at
Posing as an
interested customer, someone from the station contacted the
hotel, inquiring about same-sex couples staying in the room.
The receptionist told them their policy about
accommodating gay couples: “Our policy is we
don’t rent to two people of the same sex if we only
have one bed.” The receptionist explained
further that the corporate policy provides living
space for only one person. The station member asked if
they could just share the bed.
"I suppose they
could, but most men don’t want to," she said.
The station then
contacted the hotel's owner, who said the policy was not
intended to exclude gays and that any couple would
be allowed to stay at the hotel. (The