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Judge Finds There is Room at the Inn for Lesbian Couple in Hawaii

Yesterday a judge ruled that a Hawaii bed and breakfast that denied a lesbian couple a room violated the state’s public accommodations law.

Hawaii’s public accommodations law prohibits businesses that provide lodging from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, disability, gender identity and gender expression.

Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford sued the Aloha Bed & Breakfast for discrimination in 2011 after the owner refused to rent them a room in 2007.

According to the lawsuit, after Cervelli requested just one bed for their stay, the owner asked if the two women were lesbians. The owner then denied their reservation citing personal discomfort with same-sex couples.

The Hawaii’s Civil Right Commission and Lambda Legal led the suit.

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