A homosexual couple who sued the Christian owners of a B&B from Cornwall are going to court again, this time to demand more compensation money.
Christian couple Peter and Hazelmary Bull were ordered in January this year to pay £3,600 in damages to Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall because the B&B’s double rooms were restricted to married couples.
The judge took into account the fact that the couple were genuinely acting upon their sincere beliefs about marriage while deciding on the level of damages. However, lawyers for the homosexual pair now say that the Christian beliefs of the old couple should be disregarded when deciding on a level of compensation.
In a report, the UK-based Christian Institute said the lawyers of the gay couple have asked the Court of Appeal to alter the level of damages. Preddy and Hall are represented by the taxpayer-funded Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Reacting to the new development, Hazelmary Bull said: “We’ve been hit for £3,600 already. Why are they pursuing us for more money? We don’t bear any ill will to Mr Hall and Mr Preddy. We simply want to live and work in line with our beliefs about marriage. Can’t we just agree to disagree? My husband is still very ill following major heart surgery, and this news is the last thing we needed.
“Thankfully, we are still receiving messages of support from the general public, including several gay couples who feel we’ve been given a rough ride.”
The Bulls are backed by The Christian Institute, a charity that defends the religious liberty of Christians.