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Methodist minister defends controversial rental decision

The Ramsey landlord who has refused to rent a property to a same-sex couple says his religious beliefs dictate his stance on homosexuality, but has rejected accusations he is homophobic.

Keith Price, minister at the Independent Methodist Church in the town, turned down a lesbian couple as tenants for a property he and his wife own in Ramsey.

Kira Izzard and her partner Laura Cull thought they had secured the house through an estate agent, but were then told they couldn't have it.

The pair have spoken out in public to highlight the current lack of anti-discrimination laws in the Isle of Man, which would outlaw such decisions on grounds of sexual orientation. An equality bill based on the UK Equality Act of 2010 is in the drafting stage.

Mr Price has explained his decision to Manx Radio:

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