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Supreme Court hears guesthouse case
Christian guesthouse owners ordered to pay damages after turning away a gay couple are today taking a legal fight to the UK's highest court.
Peter and Hazelmary Bull want the Supreme Court to decide whether their decision to refuse to let civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy stay in a double room constituted sex discrimination under equality legislation.
The couple - who run a guesthouse in Marazion, Cornwall, and are both past retirement age - have already lost fights in a county court and the Court of Appeal.
In 2011 a judge concluded that the Bulls had acted unlawfully and ordered them to pay a total of £3,600 damages after a hearing at Bristol County Court. In 2012 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Bulls following a hearing in London.
The Bulls have told judges that they think any sex outside marriage is ''a sin'' - and deny discriminating Mr Hall and Mr Preddy.
Five Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear legal argument over two days in London - and are expected to reserve a decision until later.