April 17, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Judge rules against Hawaii B&B
Hawaii, gay news, Washington Blade

(Photo by Omar A. via Creative Commons)

HONOLULU—A Hawaiian judge on April 15 ruled a local bed and breakfast violated state law when it denied a room to a lesbian couple from Southern California because of their sexual orientation.

Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford in 2007 tried to rent a room at the Aloha Bed and Breakfast in Hawaii Kai while they were visiting a friend on Oah’u who had just had a baby. Lambda Legal, which represents the couple, said in a press release the owner admitted during a Civil Rights Commission investigation she thought same-sex relationships “defile our land.”

Hawaii law bans anti-LGBT discrimination in lodging and other public accommodations.

“When visitors or residents are subjected to discrimination, they suffer the sting of indignity, humiliation and outrage, but we are all demeaned and our society diminished by unlawful discrimination,” Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Executive Director William Hoshijo said in the Lambda Legal press release.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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