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Pennsylvania Bridal Shop Refuses to Sell Wedding Gown to Lesbian Couple: VIDEO

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A bridal store in Columbia County, Pennsylvania is under fire for turning away a lesbian couple looking to buy wedding gowns, the AP reports:

W.W. Bridal Boutique owner Victoria Miller tells the newspaper that "providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law."

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.

Check out a news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

The New York Daily News adds

In the meantime, Miller isn’t budging. She’s hired an attorney to help defend her in case a lawsuit is filed.

Her lawyer Al Luschas says his client has a “liberty interest” in refusing to be involved in a wedding that violates her “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”

Pennsylvania remains one of the 29 states without a comprehensive, sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination law on the books. 

 

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  1. I like Grandma!!!!!!

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 10, 2014 10:17:06 AM


  2. So, I guess this bridal gown shop doesn't like to make money?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 10, 2014 10:24:19 AM


  3. These bigots have to just start owning up to the fact that they are just hateful prejudice people and stop trying to justify their actions on their religions. Selling someone a dress does not make you a party to their wedding. That would be like the manufacturer of the limousine they ride in claiming letting them ride in one of their cars would make them a party to the wedding or the airline flying them to their honeymoon destination making the same claim. It just does not hold water. I would love it if in response to their actions the wedding dress suppliers would refuse to sell to this shop. I am sure Vera Wang would not approve of what this shop is doing.

    Posted by: G McGinnis | Aug 10, 2014 10:49:16 AM


  4. These idi0ts keep not understanding that democracy is not compatible with "God's law" (i.e. theocracy).
    Meanwhile, our politicians continue to humor them, allowing for more and more "religious exceptions" to civil law. Anarchy will be the result if this goes on.

    Posted by: Pandion | Aug 10, 2014 11:00:28 AM


  5. I'm pretty sure that god doesn't have any laws about who wedding dresses can be sold to.

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 10, 2014 11:02:55 AM


  6. Those dresses are ugly... even lesbians have some taste in dresses..... they should count themselves lucky... now, go to JC Penny and pick out some nice flannel shirts.

    Posted by: Kevan | Aug 10, 2014 11:08:33 AM


  7. Why is this still an issue? Doesn't the store have to carry a business license? Wouldn't having such a license preclude them from exercising discrimination in the workplace?

    These people are exhausting. If they haven't yet distributed a "lifestyle checklist" to every customer prior, they can hardly begin now. And without having done so, this makes it run-of-the-mill prejudice & bigotry in action.

    Why any others would continue to shop there would be a mystery to me.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Aug 10, 2014 11:14:37 AM


  8. religion is a cancer on humanity.

    Posted by: TBD | Aug 10, 2014 11:23:16 AM


  9. Sue their sorry bigoted arises and have their right to do business with the public yanked out from under them.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 10, 2014 11:32:21 AM


  10. And yet she's probably sold many, many gowns and dresses to pregnant brides, brides who have had premarital sex, adulters, brides on their 2/3/4th+ marriages, older women pass child-bearing age. Maybe those pages are missing from her Bible and deeply held religious beliefs.

    Posted by: ernest1960 | Aug 10, 2014 11:33:25 AM


  11. To avoid humiliation of walking into a place of "public accommodation" that discriminates, all business that are bigots should be forced to display a special license that must be displayed on the door to the business that states they only serve *ssh*les.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 10, 2014 11:35:02 AM


  12. Unfortunately, since it is PA, there is no law that says this kind of discrimination is illegal.

    We have marriage equality, but still don't have basic protections of employment, housing and public accommodations.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 10, 2014 11:40:15 AM


  13. You have to be insane to refuse a lesbian wedding as a bridal shop. If they're both femmes, there are two dresses to sell!

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 10, 2014 11:46:37 AM


  14. IF PA included sexual orientation in its public accommodations laws, this would be a no-brainer violation, but what the bridal shop owner did may be perfectly legal.

    Fortunately, the bigot can't prevent attention being called to her stupid and irrational business decision, and fair-minded people will know to shop elsewhere.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 10, 2014 11:50:20 AM


  15. They can sue for Gender discrimination

    Posted by: elwoodl | Aug 10, 2014 12:01:46 PM


  16. You'd think that a shop that produced bridesmaids' gowns would tread lightly when discussing "abomination".

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 10, 2014 12:21:03 PM


  17. My experience has been that Pennsylvania becomes kentucky fast once you get out of the philly metro area, so I'm glad locals aren't pleased with the bridal shop. Minds are changing faster now. People aren't afraid to say what they really know in their hearts is right when it comes to us anymore. People aren't just willing to nod their heads and go along with the bigotry like they were for so long.

    Posted by: woody | Aug 10, 2014 12:23:42 PM


  18. Do they also not sell to brides who are married in a church (or shul or mosque, etc.) not to their liking?

    If so, then they are within their rights. Otherwise, they are engaged in selective discrimination (like the cake guy in Colorado).

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Aug 10, 2014 12:37:09 PM


  19. Turning down an opportunity to sell (or rent) to two brides in one wedding? What poor business sense!

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Aug 10, 2014 12:38:23 PM


  20. Ernie:
    Unfortunately, there are a lot of faithful in that state who will flock to that store to reward her for defending "god's law". It can be a strategic move by the owner to boost her business. Soon Huckleberry will organize some kind of chick-fil-A day.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 10, 2014 12:44:01 PM


  21. and, here we go again! How would Ms. Miller know she is not selling a wedding gown to a pagan, a shoplifter, a murderer, a gambler or any other so called sins in the bible....it seems that the "sin" of being gay is the only sin recognized by the Christian right wing....and my prediction: this owner's business will decrease, she may go out of business and then blame the gay community....and, also, if you open a retail business, you are a public accommodation.....

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 10, 2014 12:47:13 PM


  22. when did lesbians start wearing dresses?

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 10, 2014 1:46:19 PM


  23. Just boycott them...don;t spend your money at h8r businesses!

    Posted by: Arturo | Aug 10, 2014 2:04:52 PM


  24. Dear BERNIE,

    There is no seeming; the so called 'sin' of being gay IS THE ONLY SIN recognized by not just Christians but the religious in general.

    From what I've seen over the years ALL religions except maybe Satanism and the occasional Voodoo sect looks down on gays. Even pagans and Wiccans hate on gays.

    This is all part of the backlash towards gay equality. Denial of wedding cakes, denail of filing tax forms, denial of entry into restaurants, denial of entry into public pools, denial of selling food at grocery stores, DENIAL OF FUNERAL PROCESSIONS AND LAYING THE DEAD TO REST... it just goes on...

    Just like the manifestations of other kinds of prejudice, I don't think this is something America will ever live down. It indicates that Americans in general are just bad and don't improve or learn or adapt in cooperative ways.

    Posted by: Rewind | Aug 10, 2014 2:06:33 PM


  25. I would love to know how purchasing a dress would break "god's sanctified law". Please, tell us, oh vast toilet of evangelical effluvia. How does this break such "law"?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 10, 2014 3:00:16 PM


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