Christian hoteliers in Supreme Court by Sarah Ramsey

27 November 2013

Sarah Ramsey appeared on behalf of the hotel owners (Appellants) whose religious beliefs prevented them from offering double rooms to unmarried couples. The Supreme Court was split 3:2 on the question of whether a refusal to supply a room to an homosexual couple in a civil partnership was directly discriminatory. Lady Hale, in the lead judgment, stated that if the couple had not been civil partners, there would not have been direct discrimination. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the hoteliers could not justify their conduct by reference to their religious belief.

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