After a lesbian couple was turned away from a bed and breakfast in Hawaii for being gay, they made it a point to get their story heard.
In 2007, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford headed to visit a friend and decided to stay in a romantic Hawaii bed and breakfast, or so were their plans.
The owner of the establishment turned them away when she learned they were lesbians because it was against her religious stance on same-sex relationships.
Being opposed to gay and lesbian relationships led the woman to believe she was correct in turning Cervelli and Bufford away, or discriminating against them based solely on their sexual orientation.
It turns out she was not allowed to discriminate against them based on their sexuality. Yahoo! news explains:
“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.”
The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission reacted: “The court’s decision is based on Hawaii’s strong state civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination,” commission Executive Director William Hoshijo said. “When visitors or residents are subjected to discrimination, they suffer the sting of indignity, humiliation and outrage, but we are all demeaned and our society diminished by unlawful discrimination.”
More and more gay and lesbian couples are taking to the law to make sure their rights are respected, especially when there are laws in place to keep them safe from discrimination. It seems to be that actually enforcing the laws is where there is disconnect in some places.
What’s your take on things?
Was the Hawaii B&B owner right in turning away Diane Cervelli and Taekeo Bufford back in 2007 based on their sexuality?
What do you think of the court’s decision?
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Sources: Yahoo! News