Gay couple sue Hawaii B&B, claim discrimination

AP News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 6:00 PM
Gay couple sue Hawaii B&B, claim discrimination

Two California women are suing a Hawaii bed and breakfast for denying them a room because they're gay.

Lambda Legal on Monday filed a discrimination lawsuit against Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu on behalf of Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford, of Long Beach.

Cervelli says she called the Hawaii Kai business in 2007 to book a room for a trip to visit friends. When she asked for one bed, the owner asked if they were lesbians and refused to book a room for them.

The lawsuit argues that violates Hawaii's public accommodation law prohibiting discrimination against guests.

Owner Phyllis Young referred questions to her attorney, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the lawsuit, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission investigated and that Young said homosexuality is "detestable."