John M. Becker

HRC to Brunei-Owned Hotels: Stop Profiting from LGBT Weddings

Filed By John M. Becker | May 07, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Beverly Hills Hotel, boycott, Brunei, death penalty, Dorchester Collection, Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign, protest, Sharia, Sharia law, sodomy, stoning, stoning to death, weddings

HRC logoThe Human Rights Campaign kicked the boycott of Dorchester Collection hotels -- which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei, whose Asian island nation is moving to implement brutal stone-the-gays laws -- up a notch late yesterday, calling on Dorchester's two L.A.-area hotels to stop profiting from LGBT weddings.

Via press release:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air to immediately stop promoting specialized services to LGBT couples seeking to have wedding ceremonies in the Los Angeles area. Both hotels are part of the Dorchester Collection, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei and his Brunei Investment Agency. Brunei recently announced that it is advancing a series of penal code reforms that will include stoning as a possible punishment for relations between its LGBT citizens.

According to the special "Gay Weddings Los Angeles" page on the Dorchester Collection's website, The Beverly Hills Hotel offers to "assist you and/or your wedding consultant to reserve your wedding date, design your menu and customized beverage selections, and finalize your schedule of events for your gay wedding in Los Angeles." The hotel also offers "complimentary wedding services" for LGBT couples that include a menu tasting, a night's stay for newly-married spouses, as well as champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for their wedding night.

"The Sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by stoning to those in Brunei," said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. "This is the height of hypocrisy, and we must ensure that profits from LGBT weddings in the U.S. stop going to a regime that could soon start executing its LGBT citizens."

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