A Christian wedding dress designer refused to serve a Missouri lesbian couple and then attempted to convert them to heterosexuality, Fox 2 News reports.
St. Louis fiancées Tiffany Allen and Angel Lane, who have been together for seven years, recently contacted New York-based womenswear company D. Auxilly to inquire about purchasing a garment for their wedding day.
“I wouldn’t be able to make a piece for a same-sex wedding,” designer Dominique Galbraith responded in an email. “It goes against my faith in Christ. I believe Jesus died for our sins so that we would live for him according to His Holy Word. I know you both love each other and that this feels right but I encourage you both to reconsider and see what the Lord has to say and the wonderful things He has in store for you both if you trust and obey Him.”
“God Bless and be with you both,” Galbraith concluded. “I’m available to talk and share more about Jesus if you’d like. Feel free to call me.”
“I couldn’t stop thinking about it, it was the only thing I found that I fell in love with,” Lane tells CBS 12 News of the $1,500 D. Auxilly jumpsuit. “I have friends who are Christians. I know people from so many walks of life and none of them are hateful to me and my fiancée.”
“I hurt because I feel like we weren’t good enough,” Allen adds. “True Christian people, whether they’re Catholic, whether they’re Baptist, it doesn’t matter, a person that truly has their heart will tell you God doesn’t make any mistakes then I’m not a mistake. My fiancée is not a mistake.”
While the couple resides in Missouri, where laws do not prevent businesses from discriminating against clients based on their sexuality, St. Louis University School of Law professor Marcia McCormick says the dressmaker is “violating New York State law that prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation by what are called public accommodations.” The couple say they are filing a formal complaint against D. Auxilly and will consider filing a lawsuit.
Last summer the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples due to his religious beliefs.