British woman's attraction to chandeliers ruled not to be a protected sexual orientation

by Bryan Brammer · Apr 20th, 2020 11:42 am

Last Updated Apr 20th, 2020 at 1:44 pm

A British woman who claims to be in a long-term relationship with a 92-year-old chandelier was told that her attraction to the light fixture is not a protected sexual orientation.

Amanda Liberty, from Leeds, England, complained that an article written by The Sun columnist Jane Moore mocked her love affair with Lumiere, her name for an antique light fitting she bought on eBay in 2016 for $500.

She claims the newspaper breached the press regulator code of conduct, which says that publishers must avoid prejudicial or derogatory language when referencing an individual's sexual orientation.

The UK's Independent Press Standards Organisation ruled that her attraction to the chandelier "did not fall within the definition of sexual orientation."

The Sun argued the press regulation code only applies to those who are attracted to people, not animals or things. The publication also pointed out that since Liberty had agreed to speak publicly about her relationship in the past, Moore was allowed to comment.

? Liberty had previously been in love with the Statue of Liberty, prompting her to change her last name from Whittaker to Liberty.


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