It would be interesting to know if the B&B owners have a similarly stringent policy against adulterous mixed-sex couples. Adultery is arguably a greater sin, according to the Bible, than homosexuality, as it forms one of the Ten Commandments.
Similarly, one wonders if they have a similarly stringent policy against unmarried mixed-sex couples. Or is “Mr and Mrs Jones” and a curtain ring on the wedding ring finger enough for them?
One wonders if an unmarried couple, the woman pregnant, who had come to Berkshire for tax census reporting purposes, would be turned away. Have they got a stable?
There are several bits of the Bible which advise Christians to obey the law of the land. Obviously, if there is a law which requires Christians to go against Biblically-based principles, then one can envisage situations of peaceful non-obedience of the law. However, in this case noone is forcing the B&B owners to go against their principles. They don’t have to run a B&B.
That, obviously, is easy to say but then such a course may well leave them in a very bad situation financially and they may not be able to find any other form of remunerated employment in their specific situation. However, in the long term, as this law becomes established and known well in advance of people deciding whether or not to enter the B&B business, then people will have ample time to follow other employment avenues if they feel their faith precludes them from following the law in the B&B business.
One thing rankles from the news report. The B&B owner comments:
These people are very organised
Oh dear. When phrases such as “these people” and “they” enter debates, cool-headed British tolerance tends to fly out of the window.