April 2019 Church & State Magazine - April 2019

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Hawaii B&B Case

  Rob Boston

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 decided it will not hear an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast whose owner refused to rent a room to a same-sex couple.

The decision by the justices not to hear the case, Aloha Bed and Breakfast v. Cervelli, means that a decision by the Hawaii Supreme ruling that the B&B had violated a Hawaii anti-discrimination law will stand.

The owner of the facility, Phyllis Young, had argued that she should be allowed to refuse services to same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs. A lesbian couple who was denied accommodations sued.

Young was represented in court by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Religious Right legal group.


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