A gay couple in British Columbia, Canada, have won their human rights case against a Christian B&B which refused to let them stay.

Brian Thomas and Shaun Eadie booked a room at the Riverbend Bed and Breakfast in Grand Forks in June 2009 but owners Susan and Les Molnar cancelled the reservation after confirming that the couple were gay.

The Molnars said that homosexuality is incompatible with their Christian beliefs and argued that they ran their business as a ministry, giving a share of the profits to the Mennonite Church.

Mr Thomas and Mr Eadie brought a case against them and claimed $2,500 each for loss of self-respect.

A BC Human Rights Tribunal agreed with them but ordered the Molnars to pay them $1,500 each, as well as travel expenses and lost wages to attend the tribunal.