Christian Husband And Wife Ban Gay Couple From Buying House

A gay couple were stopped from purchasing a hosue after the owners refused to even let them visit for a viewing.

The house owners reportedly stopped the two men because their homosexuality is contrary to their religous beliefs. 

Luke Whitehouse and Lachlan Mantell fell in love with a £650,000 three-bedroom semi-detached cottage in Coulsdon, Surrey, and wanted to go and see the house on January 15, 2022.

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After arranging to visit through estate agents Purplebricks, the couple received a message from the sellers of the house.

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The sellers said that they were unwilling to proceed with any potential sale citing the Bible passages to claim their relationship against God’s Word.

The sellers said:

Dear Lachlan and Luke, thank you for sharing your circumstances with us. We’re sorry if we seem intrusive, but we just want to make clear that we would be unwilling for two men in a partnership to view or buy our house.  As it is contrary to the gracious teaching in God’s Word, the Holy Bible, e.g Romans 1:24-28 and Jude 7 (King James Version). With regards.

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Luke Main, a 33-year-old builder, and Joanna Brunker, a 34-year-old Cambridge University Physicist, had originally said that they were unable to host viewings on Sundays as they try to keep them as the Lord’s Day. 

The couple then asked the couple, who have been together for 8 years, for some personal information.

The couple told the homeowners: 

I’m a 37-year-old TV producer for ITV and Luke is a 33-year-old business owner in education.  My brother, his wife and two young children live in the area and we’ve spent a lot of time in Coulsdon and surrounds and feel it’s a good fit for us. Luke is English and originally from the Midlands and I’m from Australia. We’ve lived all over the world but are happy to call England home now.  We look forward to meeting you both at a convenient time and viewing the property.

At this point, the couple received the discriminatory message.

The estate agency told him that it would no longer list the house and as the sellers stance went against their own views and values.

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The spokesperson of the Purplebricks said:

Thanks for sharing this message Lachlan and we’re so sorry you’ve had this experience. This stance is completely opposed to our views and values. We’ll refund this seller’s fee as Purplebricks no longer wish to list it.

Talking about the message that he received, Whitehouse said: 

For the first 10 seconds I laughed – I thought it was a joke. But then I was upset and I had a cry on the phone to my mum. Homophobia still exists.

Mantell said:

We were separated during Covid, he was in America while I was here, we were forced apart. Buying a house was something that we wanted to do for a long time. But this was the only house we planned for a viewing. We were looking forward to going this weekend. Since I came out eight years ago I have not come across discrimination. I probably have been discriminated against but was just not aware of it.

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Whitehouse said that they did not want to buy the house even if the owners of the home apologized and changed their mind.

The spokesperson of the Purplebricks said that they were not aware of the message the sellers sent until it was reported.

The company also cleared out that they are celebrating diversity

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The spokesperson added:

The sentiments expressed in this message are completely opposed to Purplebricks’ views and values.  We have contacted the seller to return their fee and request that they sell their property with a different agent.

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