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U.K. BB Turns Away Gay Couple


A gay couple was turned away from the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, England, Friday night by an owner who said it was against her convictions to accommodate same-sex couples.

According to the BBC, Michael Black and John Morgan from Brampton, Cambridgeshire, had booked the double room in advance, but when they arrived, owner Susanne Wilkinson refused to serve them. She said she would have told them not to appear had she been given advance notice.

"They gave me no prior warning and I couldn't offer them another room as I was fully booked," Wilkinson told the BBC. "I don't see why I should change my mind and my beliefs I've held for years just because the government should force it on me. I am not a hotel, I am a guest house and this is a private house."

Black and Morgan reported the matter to the Thames Valley Police, who filed the report as a homophobic incident. It is illegal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation under the Equality Act of 2006.

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