Bridal Shop Owners Under Fire After Denying Lesbian Couple Wedding Gowns

Saturday, 09 Aug 2014 09:46 PM

By Andrea Billups

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A Pennsylvania bridal shop that refused to make an appointment with a lesbian couple shopping for wedding gowns is under fire after one of the women posted about it on social media, WBRE News reported.

Owners of the Bloomsburg, Pa., store, W.W. Bridal Boutique, cited their Christian religious objections for refusing the brides-to-be.

"We feel we have to answer to God for what we do, and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law," said Victoria Miller, a store owner, who in an interview with the Press Enterprise.

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The incident has prompted the Bloomsburg Town Council to begin a discussion about rules governing discrimination.

According to the WBRE report, one of the women who hoped to find a wedding dress posted on her Facebook page that she was put on hold after calling to make an appointment, only to be told after a few minutes wait by someone who answered the phone at the shop that they do not service same-sex couples. The lesbian couple's identity was not revealed.

Miller, the shop owner, has found vocal supporters and has hired an attorney, Al Luschas. He told the New York Daily News she has a "liberty interest" in making a decision to refuse the couple.

In May, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriages. Its governor has declined to appeal.

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