New York wedding dress designer could be sued for homophobia

New York wedding dress designer could be sued for homophobia July 11, 2019
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DOMINIQUE Galbraith, above, is a talented wedding dress designer. She is also a dyed-in-the-wool Christian homophobe who could be in a world of trouble for refusing to accept an order made by a lesbian couple living in St Louis, Missouri.

Fox 2 screenshot

Tiffany Allen, left, and Angel Lane said they plan to file a formal complaint against Galbraith’s company  – D Auxilly – and said they will consider filing a lawsuit after they were given a godly brush off from the designer.

Here is the email they received from Galbraith:

In a Facebook post, Lane said:

Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, if you allow it to be. The only thing I wanted was a beautiful dress or jumpsuit for my big day and encountered discrimination from a woman of color in the process of doing so …

And she accused Galbraith of hypocrisy:

Several of Dominique’s clients appear to have their children in their wedding … I assume she didn’t give them a speech about being a virgin and having children prior to marriage because she clearly designed and created the apparel they sought for their big day. I do believe that goes against her religious sensibilities if I must be technical about all of this …

If you’re a same-sex couple and happen to come across the company @dauxilly, save your time and money, don’t bother contacting them for any services. Honestly speaking, I wish she’d put her hateful and discriminatory disclosure on her website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages to save someone else the heartache and frustration we’ve endured.

I refuse to allow ANYONE’S ignorance or hate to drive us apart. I don’t have anything to wear for my wedding yet, BUT I’m very much excited for our big day!!

Later, one of many who expressed their support for the couple – Kimberly Vann-Biedscheid  – posted this message on Lane’s page:

Angel – you don’t know me but I would love to see the designs that you and your partner have in mind for your wedding. I have made several wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses for women in St. Louis. If you shared your designs or thoughts on what you want I can try to help bring your idea to fruition. I’m so sorry that people don’t know how to love each other without judgement. I’m willing to help if I can.

Marcia McCormick, a professor with the St. Louis University School of Law said the company is violating the law.

The dressmaker is violating New York State law that prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.

McCormick said while Missouri’s laws surrounding the issue do prohibit discrimination, that does not include sexual orientation. She said the law that would apply in this case is the one where the dress designer is based.

Fox 2 reached out to the company to give them a chance to share their side of the story, but its  e-mails went unanswered.

We also tried to get in touch over the phone and reached out through social media but we have not heard back.

Galbraith hung up the phone without commenting when contacted by Metro US.

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  • Tawreos

    They have hundreds of laws and rules to choose from in the bible, but only one of them prevents these idiots from doing what they are in business to do. If they want to claim a religious exemption then they need to take all of those rules into account before they do any business for any client. Until they are willing to do that then they are discriminating and need to pay the price for that.

  • barriejohn

    That’s right. I wonder whether they refuse to do business with Moabiites or Amalekites. Passports please!

  • barriejohn

    What an obnoxious, condescending and patronising letter! The woman is perfectly entitled to her point of view, but what gives her the right to dictate to others how they should live their lives? I would find receipt of this missive at this particular time most upsetting, as I don’t feel the love here at all – quite the contrary. It’s scathingly judgmental and condemnatory. I simply don’t understand why they MUST refuse service; to me it’s just sheer bloody-mindedness. Maybe it makes them feel more “holy”, or maybe they’re just asking to be “persecuted”. Any ideas?

  • Anat

    Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also discrimination on basis of sex. She would make dresses for those women if their partners were men.

  • Lambchopsuey

    I hope they take her to the cleaners. She should be happy letting God provide, right?

  • barriejohn

    Crowdfunding – that’s how he does it these days. They don’t need to worry because plenty of other bigots will support them, and they can then “give thanks to God for his provision”.

  • barriejohn

    PS Galbraith is black. How many Christians have used the Bible to discriminate against black people in the past, especially in South Africa and the Southern States? I know some (in the UK) who still believe that black people are under some sort of curse, and can provide the Biblical references to back up this view!

  • Sophotroph

    I like Chris Rock’s take on it:

    “If you’re black and a Christian, you have a short memory.”

  • Broga

    “share with me” Bloody hell, those words will give me a nightmare. I had a colleague pestering me to “come and share our witness” and keen to “save me from Jesus” because he knew I was an atheist. He was kind enough to say that he thought I was “better” than Roman Catholics because they knew “the Lord” and rejected him and took the wrong path. I on the other hand, had never known Jesus and might still make the cut and and enter heaven.

  • persephone

    Most of these Christians, well, most Christians, haven’t read the Bible, nor studied it personally in any depth. They go to church, let the preacher tell them what to believe, with cherry-picked verses without context. They believe it’s better to be ignorant and put all their faith in God and his representative, the preacher, than to think too hard.

  • rubaxter

    If you can’t afford a nice honeymoon, and are looking to sell the dress along afterwards to recoup some of the expense, I hope you find a way to make it all work.

    If you can afford to trade off honeymoon vs. dress, that sounds like something you’ll carry with you forever, instead of leaving it in a box.

    BTW, have to remember this next time people try and give the Black Christer church a bye when we’re talking about cut-and-dried religious persecution of LGBT.

  • Har Davids

    Women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. — 1 Timothy 2:9

    I will punish … all such as are clothed with strange apparel. — Zephaniah 1:8

    I wonder what her god thinks of all the exposed flesh.

  • barriejohn

    And make-up, and “braiding of the hair” (see other photos of her) – all roundly condemned by her Bible, but no doubt considered “out-dated” prohibitions nowadays!

  • She doesn’t even have to go to the wedding! Also she has to do is make a dress! I just don’t see why this is such a hard concept.

  • Mythblaster
  • “I don’t have anything to wear for my wedding yet, BUT I’m very much excited for our big day!!”

    Easy work-around: Have a Star Trek Betazoid wedding. Everybody’s naked.

  • Richard B

    Get someone else to make your wedding outfits. Don’t waste your time on this bigot.