A Pennsylvania bridal shop is receiving massive amounts of backlash after refusing to service a lesbian couple shopping for wedding attire. The owner of W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg is a Christian woman, who does not condone same-sex marriage, therefore, she does not sell her merchandise to those couples who she knows to be gay. Unfortunately, it is now a crime to be Christian in America.
The mess started when the lesbians called to schedule an appointment for a dress fitting. After placing them on hold, Victoria Miller told them that W.W. Bridal Boutique “[does] not service same-sex couples.” Miller explained to The Press Enterprise:
“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.”
For defending her religious beliefs, Miller was quickly put through the ringer on Facebook. The lesbians decided to detail the fact that W.W. Bridal Boutique had turned them away in a post to the social media site, which sparked outrage in the community. Miller has been forced to close her doors after the cyber-bullying and is now servicing brides by appointment only.
The recent uproar over what happened at W.W. Bridal Boutique has caused the Town Council to plan a meeting at which time they will vote on making it illegal in Bloomsburg to discriminate against LGBT individuals. If a law such as this is passed, the lesbian couple Miller turned away could sue her. In the event that they do, she has sought legal council.
Family Research Council (FRC) made a statement regarding the matter:
“Instead of showing the tolerance their movement claims to practice, the women turned to social media to bully the shop – trashing its online reviews and sparking a city-wide firestorm. Obviously W.W. Bridal Boutique isn’t the only wedding dress shop in town. These women could have easily taken their business elsewhere – but chose to retaliate instead. When religious liberty clashes with homosexuality – as it has from bakeries to flower shops – the storylines are all the same: conform or be punished.”
The LGBT community is constantly harping on the fact that they don’t want to be bullied, yet this report is evidence that sometimes they are the ones who are the biggest bullies. Furthermore, they represent a small minority of the population compared to God-fearing Christians. The National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 1.6 percent of respondents self-identified as gay or lesbian. Even fewer, 0.7 percent, self-identified as bisexual. The rest of the population should not be forced to sacrifice their beliefs for this tiny percentage.
The Christian community must rally around Victoria Miller and support her through this mess. Give us your thoughts on this report in the comments section.