Two women hoping to buy gowns for their wedding were turned away by “Christians” at a bridal shop in Bloomsburg, PA. The women said that an employee at the boutique said that, “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.”
The owners of W-W Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg confirmed with Eyewitness News that they turned away the couple because of their ‘deeply-held religious beliefs.’
The bridal shop’s Facebook page has been inundated with public backlash since the information became public, proving that, while it may be completely legal under Pennsylvania state law for the shop to discriminate against LGBT individuals, society will not accept their brand of “Christian” bigotry.
Members of the community have made their views on the matter known. While a few have spoken out in support of the hatemongers peddling wedding wag, the majority are against the idea of refusing service to paying customers–whatever the reason.
“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does,” reads a photograph on the company’s Facebook presence–and many have been quick to point out that both the owners’ beliefs and behavior make them some of the worst people imaginable–with some commenters pointing out that the discrimination does not stop at LGBT individuals.
The boutique’s Yelp page has also received a facelift–and accompanying reviews:
Unfortunately, in 2014, we are still at a point that discrimination is widely accepted in many forms. Numerous states have all but institutionalized LGBT discrimination, and the extremist right is cheerleading such an effort.
The fact that this is still happening proves that we have a long way to go. Perhaps it is time for actual Christians to stand up to the bullies among them. Believing in the same mythological figure is no excuse for allowing this sort of behavior.
Isn’t it about time we stop condoning hatred?