Hawaii B&B loses court battle after saying ‘no’ to a lesbian couple

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A B&B in Hawaii has lost a court appeal after refusing to host two women because they were lesbians. Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford were turned away from the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, Hawaii as the house owner said it would be uncomfortable for her to accommodate a same-sex couple because she vocally condemns same-sex relationships. It is illegal in Hawaii to deny public accommodation to anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation, along with their race, gender identity, religion or disability. According to Hawaii News Now, the court rejected the argument that Young was entitled to discriminate against the same-sex couple because her religion dictated her to do so. Robin Wurtzel, chief counsel for the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, added: “When you run a business in your house, it’s a business and you can’t discriminate. What I want people to take away from this is a sense of hopefulness that the court does the right thing, that sometimes justice prevails.”

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