Philippines hotel’s ‘married couples only’ room-sharing policy sparks debate

May 01, 2019
The hotel's room guidelines state that only married couples can share a room. Source: Getty

A hotel in the Philippines has attracted both criticism and praise over its controversial room-sharing policy that bans unmarried couples from sharing bedrooms.

Ephrathah Farms’ room guidelines, which went viral after being leaked by an unknown customer, state that only married couples can share a room and hotel staff may ask for proof of marriage, like identification and wedding rings, prior to booking.

After garnering attention online over its controversial ban, the hotel issued a statement, defending its Christian beliefs in a lengthy Facebook post.

“Good day in the name of the Lord!” the post reads. “It so happened that one of our guests took a photo of [our sign] and posted it online. We have no control on how this went viral.

“Perhaps, our controversial rules are not acceptable to everyone, thus having multiple shares and comments. We believe in the the sanctity of Marriage. We further believe that SEX should be done in the confines of married people only.”

The post received a flurry of mixed responses, with many praising the hotel’s beliefs.

“God will bless you bountifully for doing God’s great purpose for human being. Good job Ephrathah Farms,” one commentator wrote.

Another added: “Amen! Praying we could visit your place when we go visit the Philippines in the near future. I commend you for standing on your faith, belief and standards. We need more business owners like you. The Lord will bless you even more. You will be in our prayers.”

However, others slammed the hotel, with one writing: “Gross power trip if you ask me. If this is Christian, I will have no part in it. Keep your judgements and prejudice to yourself. Have fun explaining that one. No one will tell me how to live or how to act.”

Another added: “So what do you do? Require a marriage certificate upon booking? Do background checks on all of your guests? What a weirdly intrusive policy.”

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