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Lesbian Wants to Say “I Do” but Bridal Shop Says “We Don’t”

By Ashley Davidson and Dawn Mikulastik

Almost every woman has fantasized about her wedding day from the time she was a little girl – the music, the cake, the bouquet, and most important of all – the dress. This was certainly the case for Alix Genter, who was looking forward to finding the perfect dress when she walked into the New Jersey store Here Comes the Bride.

Ms. Genter’s entourage for the shopping expedition included several close friends and family members. It was a joyous occasion, with the mother of the bride even packing little gift bags with muffins, morning snacks and a bottle of champagne for the outing. Everything was going well, and Ms. Genter found the dress of her dreams. Full of excitement, she filled out the order form, and replaced the word “groom” with “partner,” indicating her wife-to-be. And that’s when things took a turn for the peculiar. The manager of the store called a few days later to inform her that it would not be supplying her dress because she’s gay.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Donna, the store manager, claimed that she refused business with Ms. Genter because she didn’t want to “participate in any illegal actions” — same-sex marriage is illegal in New Jersey. The lesbian couple hasn’t sued yet, but we wondered, what would happen if charges were filed in this case?

Our answer:  The store would probably lose.   (more…)

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