Bridal shop refuses to sell gowns to same-sex couple

A couple hoping to buy gowns for their wedding were turned away by the W-W Bridal Boutique in Bloomberg, PA. The shop's owner told one of the two women that it would violate their religious beliefs to serve them.

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  1. Perhaps they shouldn't have called their shop the W-W Bridal Boutique, then.

  2. Yes, in places where society has progressed that far. Anti-discrimination laws are about protecting people who are caught in places where it hasn't. I don't see any reason to care less about what they are allowed than the shopkeepers.

    The freedoms you enjoy as a person don't all apply to businesses. You have freedom of speech that lets you lie about your abilities; when a company does that it's false advertising. Historically, it's pretty clear that requiring businesses not to discriminate can make for a lot more freedom than allowing them to do so.

  3. So you believe it's so important that businesses be allowed to discriminate that individuals who live in a community should be willing to leave any family and friends they have in an area, as well as their job and the home they've established, in order to move to a more tolerant community. Individuals should have to give up everything that makes living in a particular place worthwhile. And if they can't afford to move, or are otherwise unable to move, well, I guess they have to suck it up.

  4. Yep, and they have the right to exclude black people from their lunch counters, too.

    Oh wait, no they don't.

  5. "You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations."

    "... We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was 'well timed' in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!' It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.' We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied.'"

    • Martin Luther King Jr.

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