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MICHAEL BLACK (2) JOHN MORGAN v SUSANNE WILKINSON

The owner of a bed and breakfast had unlawfully discriminated against a homosexual couple on the grounds of their sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 by refusing them a double room.

12 July 2013

[2013] EWCA Civ 820

CA (Civ Div) - Lord Dyson (MR), Arden LJ, McCombe LJ

9 July 2013

The owner of a bed and breakfast had unlawfully discriminated against a homosexual couple on the grounds of their sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 by refusing them a double room.

The appellant bed and breakfast owner (W) appealed against a decision (Black v Wilkinson [2013] EWCA Civ 820) that she had unlawfully discriminated against the respondent homosexual couple (B) on the grounds of their sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.

As a result of her Christian beliefs, W restricted the sharing of her double rooms to heterosexual, preferably married couples. She refused to accommodate B in the double room they had booked when she realised that they were a homosexual couple. The judge followed Hall v Bull [2012] EWCA Civ 83, [2012] 1 W...

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