Azara Blog: The Tories hate gay people

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Date published: 2010/04/05

The BBC says:

A key Conservative has been recorded suggesting people who run bed and breakfasts in their homes should have the right to reject homosexual guests.

But shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said hotels should not be allowed to discriminate in that way.

Labour and the Lib Dems said the Tories would allow discrimination "to thrive".

Mr Grayling later said he was looking at being "sensitive to the genuinely held principles of faith groups" but was not seeking a change in the law.

It's possible that Grayling might have meant that B&B owners should be allowed to discriminate against anyone, not just gay people. And that would be more logical a position to take. So if someone doesn't like gay people, or black people, or white people, or Christians, or Muslims, then allow them not to accept customers who fall into those groups. It's a bit ridiculous, but at least it's consistent. On the other hand, if B&B owners want to be bigots in this way, they should be forced not only to mention which groups they disallow in all their advertising, but they should also have to confirm at the time of booking that this is the case. The immediate problem that led to this discussion was that some B&B owner decided to bar someone after they had arrived at the premises, which is rather ridiculous.

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