- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

A Christian-based bridal boutique in Pennsylvania sparked a social media firestorm after owners informed two soon-to-wed lesbians to shop elsewhere — the store doesn’t serve gays because of religious beliefs.

The owners of W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg told a local news station their religious beliefs drove them to turn away the women and that they’ve retained legal counsel to handle any suit that might result, but declined further comment.

A civil rights attorney from the community told the station that the shop owners are within their legal rights to refuse service to gays based on their religious beliefs because Pennsylvania doesn’t have a law against discrimination for sexual preference.

One of the two women posted the details of the incident on her Facebook page, saying she initially telephoned the shop to schedule fittings for her and her partner, but was placed on hold for several minutes.

A worker at the shop then came back on the line and said she could not schedule a fitting “because they currently do not service same-sex couples — it’s just not something they do,” the woman posted on Facebook.

The company’s Facebook site was lit up with commenters who wanted to spout their views about the debate — with many taking the side of the two women.

“As a fellow Christian, I’m ashamed of people like you,” one wrote. “We are taught to love our neighbor regardless. Did you skip that part?”