Gay couple who won bed and breakfast case will NOT press charges against BNP leader Nick Griffin over Twitter posts
A gay couple have said they will not press charges over the offensive messages posted online by BNP leader Nick Griffin following their bed and breakfast court case victory.
Michael Black and John Morgan were yesterday on police guard after their address was tweeted on the social networking site by the extreme politician.
Nick Griffin, a Cambridge University graduate, is also alleged to have called for a demonstration outside their home in rural Cambridgeshire, triggering a flood of complaints to Police.
In a land mark case, a judge ruled on Thursday it was illegal for the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berks, to turn the pair away when they had already made a reservation and paid a deposit.
Accommodation owner Susanne Wilkinson refused to let them stay in a double room, in March 2010, because of her religious views.
Shockingly, just hours after the ruling MEP Griffin published the couple’s address on Twitter and called for a protestors to give them – a bit of drama.
Mr Griffin wrote: “If anyone can give us address of the 2 bullying “gay” activists who’ve won case v Christian B&B owners, we’ll hold demo – for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish.”
Another tweet read: ”So Messrs Black & Morgan, at (their address). A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a…
”…bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple’s home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!”
Mr Griffin later said his use of the word “drama” was related to Mr Morgan and Mr Black’s love of amateur theatre.
The tweets was later removed, but not before provoking furious reaction from worried Mr Morgan and Mr Black, who called police.
Officers were called to the property on Thursday night where they checked the property and neighbours questioned.
Victim Michael Black said: “We think it is just hot air – empty bombast.
“When we first heard about the tweet we felt rather apprehensive about it, John more so than I.
“We rang the police and they were extremely helpful. They sent someone round to keep an eye on the house and to have a word with the neighbours.
“We decided that we did not want to make an official complaint.
“I have been openly gay for 37 years living at this house. I have never had any kind of trouble.”
Richard Howitt, Labour MEP for the East of England, said: “All this couple were doing was standing up for their rights. This must be very frightening for them.”