Yesterday’s ruling in court that hotel owners cannot discriminate on grounds of sexuality puts many Gay only hotels on the wrong side of the law.
Although the ruling is a small victory for the two men claiming to be upset by not being able to stay at the B&B they’d booked, the ruling opens gay hotels to the same charge of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
This is a list of hotels practising discrimination against heterosexuals today:
Chaps Hotel, Blackpool.
Gabrielle’s Hotel, Blackpool.
Guyz Hotel, Blackpool. (which I featured in my post of 13th December)
Legends Hotel, Brighton.
Key West Resort, Torquay.
Bags (accommodation service), Blackpool.
Pride Lodge, Blackpool
Wilcot Hotel, Blackpool.
Cliff House Hotel, Torquay.
Mardis Gras Hotel, Blackpool.
The Astor Hotel, Blackpool.
Victoria Gay Hostel, London.
I stopped searching after 3 pages on Google, but there must be more which could fall foul of the law.
Will the Equality and Human Rights Commission act quickly and justly to address the legal requirement for all hotels in the UK to offer their services to all people regardless of sexual orientation? That hotel hotels must simply be hotels. Or will the ruling yesterday be seen as an act of gross hypocrisy, exposing the bigotry of a government funded body set up to fight for equality for all? Will this case simply expose the fact that “equal” rights legislation is impossible to implement fairly and is only really a means for the tyranny of the majority?