Vacation Rental Home Is “Public Accommodation,” Can’t Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation
Private Transient Accommodations Treated Same as Hotels
Hawaii appellate court rules against B&B. A final ruling on appeal against the owners of a local bed and breakfast means one clear thing. Sexual orientation cannot be used as a basis for denying customers.
The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision. The trial court found that the owners of the B&B can be held liable for discrimination for denying accommodation to a lesbian couple. The defendants had offered a “public accommodation” and in practice denied no one “aside from same-sex couples and smokers.”
The defendants claimed that, as Christians, they were opposed to renting a room in their home to a couple in a same-sex relationship. They claimed a constitutional right to refuse to do so. The court disagreed. The defendants waived any privacy rights when they rented out rooms, usually for less than a week, to more than 100 customers per year.
Cervelli v. Bufford, No. CAAP-13-896 (Feb. 23, 2018)