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Supreme Court Won’t Hear B&B’s Anti-LGBTQ “Religious Freedom” Case

Mar 19, 2019

By Jeff Taylor

The Supreme Court has decided Monday not to take up the case of a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who declined to rent a room to a lesbian couples over objections to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

That decision leaves a lower court opinion against the proprietor of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, Phyllis Young, and in favor of the couple, Diane Cervelli and Takeo Bufford. Cervelli and Bufford filed a charge of discrimination with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission in 2008, and last year, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals issued a ruling affirming Young had engaged in discrimination. It left pending any damages to be awarded, CNN reports.

According to Young’s lawyers, she is a Christian “who believes that she is morally responsible for the sexual activity that takes place under her roof.”

Her attorneys asked the Supreme Court to take up the case before a final verdict had been handed down, making it an unlikely bid. The high court rarely takes up a case that is still working its way through the lower courts. Late last year, the court also declined the Trump administration’s request to take up the transgender military ban before the lower courts had issued their rulings.

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4 comments on “Supreme Court Won’t Hear B&B’s Anti-LGBTQ “Religious Freedom” Case

  • According to Young’s lawyers, she is a Christian “who believes that she is morally responsible for the sexual activity that takes place under her roof.”

    Interesting. Now, in order to be thoroughly morally responsible for the sexual activity, one would assume Young requires proof of marriage from any and all who want to stay under her roof, no?

    Anything less would not be sanctioned by her god.


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  • Presumably she’d also require CCTV in every room, to ensure that even those different sex couples who are in the Blessed Estate, do not engage in sexual activities which are not in accordance with  biblical precepts.


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    Cairsley says:

    Even with single guests, the CCTV would save the hostess the trouble of checking the linen for signs of the sin of Onan. With so much danger of impurity hanging over such a business, it is a wonder that a good Christian woman is in it at all.


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  • Definitely in the wrong business.   She could perhaps convert the premises to a Church (with accommodation), perhaps a Convent, or Monastery.   Members only, so no getting into trouble refusing service to the general public.

    Might even save on taxes.


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