A Hawaii court on Monday ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who filed a discrimination suit against Aloha Bed & Breakfast.

Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, denied accommodations to Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford after inquiring whether they were a couple.

Cervelli and Bufford have been together five years and live in Long Beach, California. They were in Hawaii to visit a close friend and her newborn baby.

Young stated during a Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) investigation that she turned the couple away because she believes gay relationships are “detestable” and that they “defile our land.”

The First Circuit Court of Hawaii found that Aloha Bed & Breakfast had violated the state's public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The couple was represented by Lambda Legal in the lawsuit. HCRC joined the lawsuit.

“The court today rejected a legal attack upon an important civil rights law that protects all people from discriminatory business practices,” Lambda Legal staff attorney Peter Renn said in a press release. “The court made clear that no business is above the law. When you enter the commercial world, you take on an obligation not to discriminate against customers, no matter what the color of their skin, what religion they practice, or whom they love. That very simple but fundamental principle was vindicated today.”

“The court's decision is based on Hawaii's strong state civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination,” said William Hoshijo, executive director of HCRC. “When visitors or residents are subjected to discrimination, they suffer the sting of indignity, humiliation, and outrage, but we are all demeaned and our society diminished by unlawful discrimination.”