Purplebricks is reported to have removed a property listing from its website when it discovered the vendors – a Christian couple – were opposed to two gay men buying it.
The Daily Mail says purchasers Luke Whitehouse and Lachlan Mantell were stunned when they were told that they could not even visit the three-bedroom £650,000 home in Surrey as the vendors were opposed to ‘two men in a partnership.’
The request to view by the gay couple – arranged through Purplebricks – was turned down, and the Mail suggests the vendors sent passages from the Bible along with the rejection.
One passage reportedly read: “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 property was listed on Purplebricks and portals, but the agency has now removed the listing.
A social media statement made to the prospective buyers by the agency, and reported in the Mail, reads: “Thanks for sharing this message Lachlan and we’re so sorry you’ve had this experience. This stance is completely opposed to our views and values. We’ll refund this seller’s fee as Purplebricks no longer wish to list it.”
And a Purplebricks statement directly to the paper reads: “The sentiments expressed in this message are completely opposed to Purplebricks’ views and values. We have contacted the seller to return their fee and request that they sell their property with a different agent.”
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