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Lesbian couple claim honeymoon hell

A lesbian couple who described their honeymoon as the "worst two weeks" they had ever spent are claiming they were discriminated against by one of the UK's largest holiday companies.

Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, went to the Dominican Republic with Thomson after their civil partnership earlier this year.

But they claim the company refused to acknowledge their holiday as a honeymoon and say they did not receive the special treatment offered to other honeymooners because they were a same-sex couple.

Ms Harman told Real Radio the couple were treated in a "homophobic manner".

The newlyweds claimed that other couples they spoke to were treated "like VIPs", being offered special romantic meals at the hotel and having bottles of rum and fruit put in their room, but they received nothing.

When they tried to book a meal, it was never arranged and when they tried to complain, staff were "dismissive".

"They just did not treat us the same as everybody else," Ms Harman told Real Radio. "It's, quite frankly, disgusting in this day and age and I find it ridiculous that people who work for a company that is supposedly gay-friendly can be so rude."

A spokesman for Thomson said the couple had been let down by the company for the poor customer service received on their holiday and said they had been offered compensation for these problems.

But he said the problems they encountered were nothing to do with their sexuality and were the result of a "communication breakdown".

He said Thomson had "thousands" of gay customers going on holiday with them every year and employed gay staff members across the company.

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