The UK’s most senior female judge has admitted that the law may be discriminatory against Christians, highlighting the case of the Christian B&B owners who were condemned for turning away a gay couple – a case she herself ruled on.
Cornish hoteliers Peter and Hazelmary Bull were found guilty of discrimination against Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall after upholding a policy that only married couples were allowed to stay in their double bedrooms.
Preddy and Hall argued the policy was homophobic and broke equality laws. The court ruled in their favour and ordered the Bulls to pay £3,600 in damages. A subsequent appeal – funded by the Christian Institute – was later dismissed.
The Daily Mail reports that Baroness Hale at the time declared we should be “slow to accept” the right of Christians to discriminate against gay people, regardless of religious belief. However she was quoted in March as calling on UK courts to show respect and provide more legal accommodation for Christians.
Speaking on the issue at a lecture at Yale University, The Telegraph reported that Hale said: “It is fascinating that a country with an established church can be less respectful of religious feelings than one without”.
“It is not difficult to see why the Christians feel that their religious beliefs are not being sufficiently respected,” she added.
Last week the Baroness and other judges reversed their ruling that the Bulls must pay Preddy and Hall’s legal costs, and Hale has now suggested that her original judgement may have been unfair.
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SOURCE: Christian Today