Wedding Dress Store Refuses to Sell to Lesbian


AlexJC
on Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:54 pm

Huh. I can't believe in this day and age, something like this would happen! 

A New Jersey bridal store refused to sell a dress to a woman after they found out she was a lesbian.  The following was taken from Jezebel.com

"She [the manager] had read Genter's customer-information form, on which she'd crossed out "groom" and written "partner," and said she wouldn't sell Genter a dress because she was gay. Donna explained that "we do not participate in any illegal actions." 

They couple had planned to marry in New York- where gay marriage is legal. 

Here is what I don't understand: the reasoning is silly and this woman is homophobic but also- bridal stores can only make money off of gay marriages. Why not sell to them?

What do you think of this story? 
 


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TammyK
Hearing this angers me on Aug 18, 2011 @ 04:02 pm

The woman was homophobic but it's amazing how people can come up with so many excuses to justify their actions, eg, using their religion, and now saying it's illegal.

I guess the woman did not want to participate in anything that she feels so strongly against? It's wrong and it's really sad. Even though same sex marriage is now legal, it will take a lot of people time to adjust and to one day open up to this idea.
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jskim07
Wow, not impressed. on Aug 19, 2011 @ 10:01 am

I always imagined bridal shops to be quite traditional and a little stuffy. To be honest, I'm not the least surprised that this would happen. I am sure this isn't the first time.

I'm glad that this is publicized however. Maybe bridal shops everywhere will get a clue! It takes a lot just to agree to a marriage, so why not let them celebrate?

On an unrelated note, is the wedding industry recession proof?
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erinlee
disgusting on Aug 21, 2011 @ 01:19 am

That makes me so angry.. How some people can be so small minded, yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but regardless of whether you agree or disagree with somebody's life, everyone is entitled to respect and to be treated with decency.

There's a bridal shop near where I live, and they are great there. One of my close friends is transgendered, (she's one of my bf's best friends actually, thats where I met her... alot of people when they first meet her dont even realize that she's male lol) and Jesse and I went with her to look for a dress for an upcoming formal event in the gay community, and the staff there didnt even think twice about anything, the woman helping her was pulling out dresses for my friend to try on that made her look like a damn princess!! To see that, and then hear stories about how other people, whether gay/drag/trans etc is enough to make me almost sick.

The majority of my friends either do drag, some are trans, and I havent drank in straight bar in close to a year. So even though Im straight, the people Im closest to deal with this crap in their day to day lives, so it feels almost personal to me as well.

Ive mentioned before that my relationship with my bf is unconventional... I met him at a gay bar. He's a drag queen, and when we first became friends I thought I had a hopeless crush on a gay friend, and Im sure he thought he was crazy when we first started things, considering Im his first girlfriend in over 10 years. :-P And Ive seen the looks some people give us when we're walking to the bar in the evening holding hands, him in drag and me obviously female. No part of me cares what others think, Im proud of what he does & he makes a damn good looking woman lol, but its sad that others feel such a need to judge someone else. He's told me stories of how he's been treated at times in the past that have brought me to literal tears, and hearing of things like how those women were treated in the bridal shop because of who they loved makes me think of some of the things he's told me.

And before I go any further off topic, I'll stop before I write a complete essay here. :-P I tend to go on rants when I feel strongly about something lol.
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