Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2019, 3:00 PMUpdated: March 18, 2019, 3:27 PM

B&B Owner Who Refused LGBT Couple Won’t Go to SCOTUS (1)

Patrick L. Gregory
Patrick L. Gregory

A bed & breakfast operator who refused to serve a same-sex couple on religious grounds won’t get to challenge Hawaii’s public-accommodations law at the U.S. Supreme Court after it denied review.

Phyllis Young owns and operates Aloha Bed & Breakfast out of her home in Honolulu, and said Hawaii engaged in a “coordinated campaign” to punish her for her religious beliefs after she refused to serve the couple.

Forcing Young to open her business to same-sex couples under penalty of law violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, Young said.

The Hawaii Court of Appeals rejected Young’s free exercise challenge, ...

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