Luke Main, a builder, and his wife, Dr Joanna Brunker, a Cambridge University medical physicist, said that they could not sell the house to “two me
Luke Main, a builder, and his wife, Dr Joanna Brunker, a Cambridge University medical physicist, said that they could not sell the house to “two men in a partnership”. The estate agent has now removed the property from its listings.
Luke Whitehouse, from London, and his partner Lachlan Mantell, an ITV producer, made enquiries about the three-bed, semi–detached cottage in Surrey.
The two had been forced to stay apart during the pandemic as they were working in different countries – but had hoped that buying a house together would start a new chapter in their life together.
They contacted the owners of the £650,000 house and, screengrabs show, were in the process of arranging a viewing when the couple were asked about their background.
Mr Mantell replied: “I’m a 37-year-old TV producer for ITV and Luke is a 33-year-old business owner in education.”
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However, the response from the homeowners left him incredulous and then in tears.
It read: “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.”
Mr Mantell told MailOnline: “Initially for the first 10 seconds I laughed. I thought it was a joke.
“We immediately contacted the seller to return their fee and request that they sell their property with a different agent.”
The homeowners have reportedly previously spoken out against teaching about homosexuality in schools, decrying the “secular, liberal views which seem to dominate society today”.
The first Bible passage the couple cited reads: “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
“In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”
The second reads: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
The incident is reminiscent of a 2014 row, in which a Belfast bakery refused to supply a cake decorated with the words “support gay marriage”.
The bakers were taken to court, but won their case in the Supreme Court in 2018 on the grounds that no on should be made to promote a belief they profoundly disagree with.