A Christian family-owned and operated bridal shop in Pennsylvania is now facing the wrath of gay rights advocates for refusing to provide service to a lesbian couple seeking to get married because it "would break God's law."
A report from PA homepage said the incident was first publicized in a Facebook post by an unidentified woman who claims the bridal shop, W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, denied her service because she is preparing to marry her lesbian lover.
W. W. Bridal Boutique is currently open by appointments only, according to their website. In her Facebook status, the woman claims that when she tried to make an appointment, an employee at the boutique told her: "Unfortunately, she would not be able to schedule an appointment for them because they currently do not service same-sex couples – it's just not something they do."
According to the AP, Victoria Miller, W.W. Bridal Boutique owner, later told The Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg that "providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law."
The Bloomsburg Town Council is now mulling whether they should propose legislation that would ban businesses from refusing service to lesbians and gays in general as those actions aren't prohibited.
Al Luschas, Miller's attorney told the AP that his client has a "liberty interest'' in refusing to take part in a process that would violate "firmly and honestly held religious beliefs."
The boutique's decision has sparked a huge debate on Google+ and other social media with many attacking the shop for its decision.
"It is 2014. When I go to a bridal boutique I expect it to be stringently religious (well maybe not all flavors of religion, but you know what I mean... OUR flavor) Imagine my surprise when the bridal boutique offered gowns combining more than one fiber? It was absolute chaos. HELLO… have you never read the Old Testament? Forbidden! When I inquired whether they had any that were not intended for harlots, they simply asked me to leave. Be warned, the devil himself alters dresses here...," wrote Mia Knecht sarcastically on Google.
G. Andrea Shay said W.W. Bridal also refused to provide service for her and her cross-dressing husband and said management was "strange and rude."
"My husband and I tried to give W. W. Bridal our business, but when the management found out that we needed to order a wedding gown for my husband, and dresses for the groomsmen, they would not allow us to order from them claiming that such a thing would 'Break God's Law.' So they do not want money from people who enjoy cross-dressing. They insisted that we 'Must be gay,' since we wear clothing of the opposite sex. Very strange and rude management," she wrote.
Other commenters, however, applauded the boutique for standing up for their beliefs.
"Kudos to W. W. Bridal Boutique for running a great bridal business and for standing up for their beliefs! They provide great services for women who are getting married... albeit not for a bunch of freaks and their non-thinking, supposedly well-educated sycophants - whose only reading on human sexuality comes from a Facebook feed or from Twitter - who choose to "redefine" marriage. Why don't you dumb people practice the tolerance you supposedly preach? What a bunch of idiots you are," wrote Sammy Samba.
"We live in a FREE country? But are forced to provide services for ceremonies we don't subscribe to? Would they be forced to provide a bridal gown with a pentagram embroidered on it for a Wiccan ceremony? Or a sized 4T gown for a little girl in the future when pedophiles are granted the right to marry for "love" based on the precedent set by homosexuals?" asked Shannon Cila.
"Or will they be asked to fashion a doggy gown for the woman who married her dog? This is not supposed to be a tyranny- stop being Nazi tyrants and shop at another store if you don't like their policies. As a U.S. citizen, this tyrannical militant homosexual bullying make me sick! Grow up and let people live in peace," she added.