UK: human rights group supports lesbian couple who were refused hotel accomodation

According to a press release by British human rights group “Liberty”, a lesbian couple had booked accommodation at a Brighton hotel by telephone but when they arrived they were told by the manager that ‘no rooms were available’ and that the hotel only accepted ‘couples and families’. When they explained that they were in fact a couple, and had purposely booked a double room the manager alledgedly replied: “No two boys, no two girls. We don’t have any rooms”.The lesbian couple did not find alternative accommodation in Brighton and had to drive home to Andover.Liberty announced to bring proceedings against the hotel on the couple’s behalf, on the grounds they were discriminated against contrary to the Equality Act 2010. The Act forbids discrimination because of sexual orientation in the provision of services, which includes hotel accommodation.Source: Liberty press release of April 21, 2011

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