Threats of violence against the owners of a Pennsylvania Bridal shop over their religious objection to LGBT marriage have caused the shop to shut down.
The co-owner of W.W. Bridal Boutique, Victoria Miller, said the shop would only be taking appointments and would not be open for walk-ins due to threats against Miller and the shop for their refusal to serve a lesbian couple July 8, according to The Christian Post (CP). LGBT advocates criticized the shop in 2014 for their policy of not accommodating LGBT weddings according to their Christian beliefs. This time the situation escalated, according to a voicemail provided to CP by Rich Penkoski, a pastor who is assisting the owners of the shop at this time.
“You stupid f*****g bigots. We are coming for you and your family,” a man said in the voicemail. “We are going to tear your shop a part and make you feel as bad as you have made people feel. You f****** bigot scum. You are going down and so is all your employees and their families. You’re done!”
Miller said the owners of the shop simply wished to operate according to their religious conscience and were happy to serve members of the LGBT community in any way that did not include marriage.
“We have provided formalwear for our customers from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ community,” Miller said. “We have always served everyone with respect and dignity. It is just this event, a same-sex marriage, which we cannot participate in due to our personal convictions.”
“We simply ask that we be given the same ability to live our lives according to our convictions,” she added.
The owners of the shop plan to re-open in full once the situation has calmed down.
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