A bridal shop in Pennsylvania has become the center of controversy after refusing to serve two women who were seeking gowns for their same-sex wedding. What they did was perfectly legal in that state, which does not include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws. A Christian site reports:
A Christian-owned bridal shop in Pennsylvania is under fire for declining to schedule a gown fitting for two lesbian women.
According to reports, an unidentified woman called W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg recently to schedule a gown fitting for herself and her lesbian partner. When the owner, Victoria Miller, declined by stating that the business could not accommodate the request, the woman took to Facebook to post about the matter.
“Unfortunately, she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us because they currently do not service same-sex couples — it’s just not something they do,” the unidentified woman said.“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,” Miller told reporters this week. “And providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.”
And of course, this is all about religious liberty. Except, of course, it’s not. If a business owner claimed that their religion demanded that they refuse to offer their services to Christians, Muslims or Jews, all that talk of religious freedom would immediately disappear. If they claimed that their religion demanded that they refuse service to black people, the same would happen. But many people think that it’s perfectly okay to discriminate against gay people. They’re wrong. If your business is open to the public, you serve the public — period.