Information for Christian guest house operators
The newly-introduced Sexual Orientation Regulations are already having a serious impact on Christian businesses.
Christians Together has been sent information relating to how one Christian guest house operator is affected; and how he has responded.
Bill Carcas and his wife Maureen run the Smithy House as a B&B facility in Castle Douglas. Their web site illustrates how they have responded to this new legislation; and they state:
The Sexual Orientation Regulations come into force on 30th April 2007 and make it illegal for us to refuse to let a double-bedded room to two people of the same sex on the grounds of their sexual orientation.
It seems that there has been a lessening of enquiries for the accommodation that the Carcas's offer; and they have had comments - both for and against. However the couple did not feel that they could alter their facility without giving an explanation.
As Bible-believing Christians, this conflicts head-on with our Christian belief that homosexuality is wrong and we cannot and will not let a double bedded room to such a couple.
As we cannot compromise those beliefs, which are based on the Bible, we have reluctantly decided that the only course open to us is that, in future, the only accommodation offered for Bed & Breakfast purposes at Smithy House will be in twin bedded rooms.
For a full explanation of our reasons for this, please click here.
Anyone wishing to communicate support to them - or Christians looking for B&B in Dumfries and Galloway - can be in touch as follows:-