A Pennsylvania Christian bridal shop owner who refused to provide wedding gowns to a lesbian couple because of her religious beliefs was bullied by the lesbians on Facebook, where their post about the shop owner’s refusal to serve them went viral.
The New York Daily News reports the lesbians, who tried to schedule an appointment at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, were “unidentified,” but said the owner – who was identified as Victoria Miller – told them she “[does] not service same-sex couples.”
“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,” Miller told The Press Enterprise. “And providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.”
Subsequently, the two lesbians turned to Facebook, which led to online listings for the bridal boutique to be downgraded to one-star reviews.
“Jesus made everyone feel welcome, shame you are not a follower of Christ,” one man commented on Facebook.
According to the News, the Bloomsburg Town Council is meeting Monday night to discuss the incident and whether to propose legislation that will ban businesses from refusing to serve LGBT customers, potentially providing the couple the means with which to sue Miller.
Miller says she has hired an attorney to help defend her in the event a lawsuit is filed. Her shop’s website appears dark, and the status of her shop, as listed on Facebook, is “permanently closed.” A photo, contributed by Phillip J. Lagomarsino, next to her shop’s listing on Facebook, states, “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.”
A call from Breitbart News to Miller’s shop led to an outgoing message that states the shop is open on an “appointment only” basis.
“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,” said Family Research Council (FRC). “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.”
Referring to the leftist gay activist agenda as “forced acceptance,” FRC said, “When religious liberty clashes with homosexuality – as it has from bakeries to flower shops – the storylines are all the same: conform or be punished.”
Last month, The Washington Post reported that 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 outcome of this study strongly suggests that the gay population in the United States is far less than perceived.
A Gallup poll released Monday found that Americans who identify as LGBT are significantly less likely than non-LGBT Americans to be highly religious and significantly more likely to be classified as not religious. Only 24 percent of LGBT-identified Americans said they were “highly religious,” compared to 41 percent non-LGBT individuals. The survey found 47 percent of LGBT Americans said they were “not religious,” in contrast to 30 percent of non-LGBT individuals.