Here’s an appalling story out of Canada, where a jeweler is happy to make money from a lesbian couple for their wedding rings, but only if he can also torment them by putting up anti-gay signs in his business after they ordered the rings — and then refuse to refund their deposit.
A same-sex Canadian couple said this week that a jeweler in Newfoundland put up signs opposing gay marriage after they ordered their wedding rings, and then refused to give them a refund.
Nicole White and Pam Renouf told CBC that they purchased custom wedding rings from Today’s Jewellers several months ago.
“They were great to work with,” White recalled. “They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple.”
She said that she later referred some of her friends to the jeweler, who informed the couple that the store had begun displaying anti-gay signs after the wedding ring order had been placed. “The sanctity of marriage is under attack,” one sign warned…
White and Renouf said that they felt like the rings, which were meant to be a symbol of love, had been tainted by the store’s anti-gay beliefs. So, they asked for their money back.But Today’s Jewellers co-owner Esau Jardon insisted to CBC that he was not going to be bullied into giving the women a refund.
“I have been posting different aspects of my religious beliefs the last 11 years, and I’ve never had one single problem with any of my customers,” he said. “Nothing in that shop or in these posters is against the law… There’s nothing there that means to discriminate or to hate anybody else.”
He can’t get away with actual discrimination in Canada, of course, so he acts all nice, takes their down payment and then publicly mocks their relationship. Sure, we’ll take your money, but then we’re going to demean you while you wait for your order, which you then have to pay for in full despite our mistreatment for you. That’s some serious bullshit.