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Gay couple takes guesthouse to court

The pair was turned away from the House of Bread guesthouse in Wolseley in the Western Cape.

FILE: The pair was turned away from the House of Bread guesthouse in Wolseley in the Western Cape. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Equality Court is expected to hear a case in which a gay couple was turned away from a guesthouse in Wolseley in the Western Cape.

When the couple tried book a room at the guesthouse in November last year, they were told it wasn't "gay friendly".

They then reported the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which began investigating.

SAHRC CEO Kayum Ahmed says they'll be supporting the couple as they take the issue to court.

"The matter is definitely going to be proceeding against the guesthouse, which is called the House of Bread."

The probe follows a similar incident in which two women were prevented from hosting their same-sex wedding on a farm near Wellington.

The SAHRC says the investigation into that incident has stalled because the women involved don't want to take the matter forward.