Long Beach Lesbian Couple Sues Hawaii B&B For Refusing To Give Them a Room

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Cervelli (left) and Bufford.
​A Honolulu B&B wants to spread the aloha -- as long as it's of the heterosexual sort. 

Two Long Beach women, Taeko Bufford and Diane Cervelli, are suing Aloha Bed & Breakfast for denying them a room because they are gay. 

The incident happened in 2007 when 42-year-old Cervelli called the business to book a room. When she requested one bed, the owner, Phyllis Young, asked if they were lesbians. Cervelli replied that they were, and Young said she was uncomfortable having lesbians in her house because of her religious views, the lawsuit states.

"In my past experiences in Hawaii, people have been so friendly," Cervelli told the AP. "It was just hurtful. It made me feel we weren't good enough."

In an investigation, Young explained to the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission that homosexuality is "detestable" and "defiles our land." The commission confirmed that, uh, yeah, there's "reasonable cause to believe that unlawful discriminatory practices have been committed" and notified Bufford and Cervelli of their right to sue. Hawaii is one of 21 states with public accommodation laws that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, so the couple has a case. 

Gay couples, don't worry -- the discrimination is not limited to homosexuality. Young also has a problem with unmarried heterosexual couples. Aloha, indeed. 


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commonsense
commonsense

I feel that homosexuals should not force our lives on the heterosexual world. That woman has right to run her business how she sees fit. I think most proud homosexuals are not that happy with themselves. Those carpet munchers should have went somewhere else. This why heterosexuals hate homosexuals.

mitch young
mitch young

There is a whole Lesbian tour industry, for example here (Sweet Travel)

http://discoversweet.rtrk.com/...

If I, as a male Lesbian, tried to book a cruise through Sweet Travel and was refused, would I have cause for a suit? How about if me and my aging frat bro's wanted to book a bunch of rooms out in Palm Springs during 'the Dinah Shore', and were politely told that maybe we shouldn't for that particular weekend?

PVdude
PVdude

Hmmmm . . . as long as I could watch, they could stay in my room for free . . eheheheheheh (said in a Beavis voice).

Uhhhhh . . . asswipe, the black one looks like a dude . . . . huhuhuh (said in a Butthead voice).

Shut up dill hole!!!!(said in a Beavis voice).

SCHMACK!!!!  (by Butthead).

ARGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH(by Beavis with a bleeding eye).

Bookworm
Bookworm

 As bad as homophobia is, as the B&B is in her home, I think it's her prerogative to turn people away if she wants to and they don't have the right to sue her. Pass the word on, tell others not to support her, but sue her? I think that's too far.

bizzle
bizzle

LOL, this is blowing junk way out of poportion and is beyond dumb. Ever see a sign at a restaurant or business that said,"we have the right to refuse anyone service." Take your party elsewhere, good for the B&B for standing up for what they believe in, who cares if they close from no customers. problem solved.

Joevabart
Joevabart

Discrimination or making a decison regarding morality.Excessive 'freedom' or chaos and lake of morality. Leftists are out to destroy our country.

Joevabart
Joevabart

Inmy opinion...Morality, freedom of religious belief. All gone, the owner cannot make decisions regarding his/her own moral beliefs. We all have to let everyone tell our children what to believe. What a pile of garbage.

My God determines my actions, where is my freedom of religion?Tthe gay rights people target those who have standards.America is being destroyed while those with perverted views run amuck.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Except that's not what they say; the signs nearly invariably say "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone", and it has been tested in the courts time and again: the anti-discrimination laws trump those signs. You cannot legally refuse to serve a black person; you cannot legally refuse to serve a Jewish person. And in Hawaii, you cannot legally refuse to serve a gay person.

Mary Lee
Mary Lee

Please take time to voice your thoughts so that anyone can easily understand them. Your arguments may be valid and well-reasoned, but if they are not phrased comprehensibly no one will pay attention to them and they will simply be discarded.

commonsense
commonsense

I agree those women have no right making a woman conform to their lifestyle; her views were not racist it was religious and plus it was her home she can have whom ever she likes.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

So if her standards included not renting rooms to black people, would that be OK?If her standards included not renting rooms to Jews, would that be OK?If her standards included not renting rooms to gingers, would that be OK?If her standards included not renting rooms to single mothers, would that be OK?

You're welcome to your own religious beliefs. You're just not welcome to impose them on me, because I have my own already, and you are not permitted to discriminate in your business. The law is clear.

If Young wants to be able to throw gay people out of her business, let her pack up and move to a place where that's allowed—try Mississippi—or lobby to change the rules in Hawaii.

Bona Estlex
Bona Estlex

In America (where I assume you live), no one can legally dictate what you believe. You can do whatever you like in your personal life.

However, if you are running a business, you do have to follow the law. In Hawaii, that means you cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation, no matter what your personal beliefs are. If that becomes a problem, just remember that no one is forcing you to own a business.

commonsense
commonsense

The truth hurts doesn't it; homosexuals do not have right to enforce our lifestyles on other people. I'm more proud than you; I bet you have a bunch of one night stands and you are miserable. I feel that being a human first is the most important; homosexuality is just affections and 5 minutes if lucky.

bizzle
bizzle

Not hatin, just askin. I was at the Slidebar LAST night and on the matradee stand where they check IDs and there was a pic of a guy w/ bold letters over it 'UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE LET THIS GUY IN' now what he did to warrant that, I'm not sure, but Slidebar doesn't have to let him in. Clubs do that all the time.

mitch young
mitch young

YesYesYesYes

The law is an ass -- there are plenty of homo-friendly places where these guys can bump fuzz and deploy the strap-ons. They are forcing their twisted morality on this small business owner.

Bookworm
Bookworm

As I said before, I think because the business it being run out of her home, it's her prerogative and she shouldn't be sued for it (and I'm Black). BUT I'd spread the word to every person I know to not support her business and her bigotry.

mitch young
mitch young

Surely you must have heard of 'face control' then. Discrimination against the ugly, the nerdish etc. Maintaining standards. 

mitch young
mitch young

But it shouldn't be the law. It's pure hypocrisy, lesbians and gays (not the same thing, btw) don't want people to force traditional morality on them, yet they in effect use the state to force their morality on small business owners. 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Of course. I used to be a doorman myself. If Bufford and Cervelli, the plaintiffs here, had been known to cause damage to the hotel, trash their rooms, try and skip out without paying, then Young would have had cause to deny them service. It's not discrimination then. Clubs keeping out troublemakers are not discriminating illegally. If they had a list of people of color or a "no brown people allowed", it'd be illegal.

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