Ethics: Unmarried Couple Requests Room from Christian-Owned Hotel

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What would you do Wednesday!

In light of the nationwide disagreements over Indiana’s (and other state’s) Religious Freedom Restoration Act, let’s play the role of a Christian hotel owner. Consider what you would do in the following scenario.

You are in your office at the hotel discussing Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act with a friend. You both agree that private business owners should have the right to refuse service to anyone whose requests would go against your Christian moral positions.

In fact, since you have a Christian-owned hotel, you believe you should be able to deny a room to a same-sex “married” couple since that would violate your religious convictions. But you have no problem, in general, renting rooms to any person, homosexual or heterosexual, regardless of sexuality – you do it all the time.

After about 20 minutes, a couple – man and woman – come in to request a room for the weekend. The woman goes to get something out of the vending machine. While she is away, the man leans over and whispers, “Give us the nicest room you’ve got! I hope a room with a Jacuzzi and king-sized bed is available – I plan to propose to her this weekend.”

What would you do?

  • Deny them the room as unmarried cohabitation is against your religion.
  • Give them the room since they will marry soon.
  • Or…

Here I blog…

Mark

The above article was posted on April 1, 2015 by Mark Lamprecht.
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