Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lesbian couple wins lawsuit against Hawaii bed and breakfast

No doubt the religious right will go into orbit over this but so what. If you allow discrimination based on religious beliefs, where does it stop?

 A judge has ruled a Hawaii bed and breakfast violated the law when two women were denied a room because they're gay. The Hawaii First Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of a Southern California couple who sued Aloha Bed & Breakfast for discrimination in 2011, Lambda Legal announced Monday. In 2007, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford tried to book a room at the bed and breakfast because it's in Hawaii Kai, the same east Honolulu neighborhood where the friend they were visiting lived. When Cervelli specified they would need one bed, the owner asked if they were lesbians. Cervelli responded truthfully and the owner said she was uncomfortable having lesbians in her house because of her religious views, the lawsuit said. The bed and breakfast violated the state public accommodations law and is ordered to stop discriminating against same-sex couples, according to the ruling dated April 11. The public accommodations law prohibits establishments that provide lodging to transient guests from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, disability and sex —including gender identity or expression. 



DawnG said...

Good, I'm glad they prevailed. That said, I'm not sure I would want to stay in a place that would want to exclude me. Yes, they have to accommodate me, but that doesn't mean they will treat me well.

Patrick Fitzgerald said...

Aloha Bed & Breakfast

I wonder if their “beliefs” also include “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”