The owner of a bridal shop in New Jersey who was about to sell a dress backed out when she discovered her customer is a lesbian and there was no groom.
What’s most surprising about this isn’t the narrowness of the woman’s mind but that she said the marriage – which was planned for New York – is illegal. Maybe she’s thinking of biblical law . . .
THIS IS ONE of those stories that make me want to say “I’m sorry” to gay people for the nonsense they endure from some heterosexuals who give the rest of us straight people a bad name.
So please, Alix Genter, accept my heartfelt apology that you were denied the chance to purchase the wedding gown of your dreams from Here Comes the Bride. The manager of the salon, in Somers Point, N.J., said she didn’t want to be associated with your pending “illegal action.”
Yep, that’s actually how she referred to your wedding, next July . . .
Apparently, Donna was stunned to learn, after reviewing your customer-information sheet, that you’re a lesbian. On the paperwork, you’d crossed out the word “groom” and written “partner” instead, and then inserted your fiancée’s name.
“She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” you recalled. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’ ”
She also said – and you have the voicemail to prove it – that what you were planning was “illegal” and that “we do not participate in any illegal actions.”