PA Bridal Shop Won’t Sell to Lesbian Couples

Another problem directly related to our lack of LGBT-discrimination laws has reared its ugly head. A lesbian couple were denied service at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloombsburg, Pennsylvania, because, according to owner Victoria Miller, “providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.” More from LGBTQ Nation

W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pa. Photo by bloomutoday.com.

W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pa. Photo by bloomutoday.com.

One of the two [brides] says she was placed on hold for several minutes, then told, “Unfortunately she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us because they currently do not service same-sex couples—it’s just not something they do.”

“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,” says owner Victoria Miller.

Bloomsburg Town Council plans to discuss the incident at a meeting on Monday. Council members say they will consider whether to propose legislation to ban businesses from refusing to serve gays and lesbians.

Miller’s attorney, Al Luschas, says the shop owner has a “liberty interest” in refusing to take part in a process that would violate “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”

Off the bat, I know of at least one local bridal boutique that would be happy to have the couple’s business. Give Philadelphia Bridal Company a call, ladies. From the look of that store window, its dresses are much better, anyway.

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  • Brian Martenis

    Things like this are so bizzarre to me. Never the less, my philosophy is that in a world where ISIS in Iraq is decapitating children, this is quite manageable. Either waste your time fighting bigots or find another store. Their stock probably sucks anyway. If we want to fight about something … Let’s fight world hunger. The point has been made here. No more free advertising.

  • Brian Martenis

    P.S. Obviously there are no true Christians in Bloomsburg. I believe Jesus would be delighted to sell the ladies their gowns. Jesus was all about love, commitment and treating others with respect. These people might want to return to Sunday School. They missed his point.

    • Dana Davis

      And who are you to determine who or what a true Christian is? Our Puritan forefathers were “true Christians” but as the family was considered the base unit of society, as grounded on the evolutionary level, i.e, in “Natural Law,” in socioeconomics, they would never have approved of such a union. And either would any other Christian sect of the time period, or even today, until only recently. Same-sex marriage is an “invention” which many heteros, religiously minded or otherwise, are unwilling to accept.

  • Tolerate Everbody else

    This site reserves the right to ban a post they feel is “flat-out offensive” (by their definition), but this private business has no right to refuse service for something they (and the bible) deems offensive? Smells a little hypocritical. Maybe it’s time to tolerate people with different beliefs than the noisy(but minority) LGBTQ++ community.

  • Dana Davis

    Well, the same can be said of gay businesses. Ten years from now, having discarded the traditional religious defense of one man, one woman, when polygamy is legal, I’m sure the Gay proprietors will have no problem at all serving these families in their bars and nude hotels. Right? The above person is an ignorant individual who mistook the word privilege to mean “right.” What they seek in creating such a law is legislative privilege. And if it existed, in the form suggested, then there would be no consideration, no reason to consider this new law in PA. It’s all fiction, cultural fiction; as a society we are free to believe whatever we like. It’s a question here of whether the minority shall gain sufficient political power to force-law privilege and thus void democracy by consensus.