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USA same-sex couple says that a wedding dress designer turned them away, citing religious beliefs

22:50  11 july  2019
22:50  11 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Tiffany Allen and Angel Lane contacted the New York-based fashion brand D. Auxilly to inquire about a payment plan for a $1,500 jumpsuit for their upcoming wedding in October.

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In her email, Allen said they had chosen to reach out to the designer because "it has been challenging for [Lane] to find anything she liked."

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But they weren't expecting the response from the D. Auxilly's owner, Dominique Galbraith, who they claim refused to work with them on the basis of her religious beliefs.

Galbraith began by telling the couple about the payment plans D. Auxilly offers customers - but then she said she would not work with the women.

"I wouldn't be able to make a piece for a same-sex wedding. It goes against my faith in Christ," Galbraith wrote.

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She continued: "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."

Galbraith added that she is "available to talk" should the women want to her to "share more about Jesus."

After receiving the email, Lane posted screenshots to Facebook.

"The only thing I wanted was a beautiful dress or jumpsuit for my big day and encountered discrimination from a woman of color in the process of doing so," Lane wrote in her post alongside the pictures.

She also questioned Galbraith's religious concerns, referring to pictures she had seen on social media.

"Several of Dominique's clients appear to have their children in their wedding," she wrote. "I assume she didn't give them a speech about being a virgin and having children prior to marriage because she clearly designed and created the apparel they sought for their big day."

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More than not getting a jumpsuit for their wedding day, Allen said the exchange was hurtful.

"I hurt because I didn't feel good enough," Allen told Metro of the email. "A person who truly has that heart will tell you that God doesn't make any mistakes. I'm not a mistake. My fiancee is not a mistake."

In New York state, where the designer is based, a Public Accommodation law prohibits discrimination for a number of things, including sexual orientation. Missouri, where the women live, does not offer those same protections.

The pair told Fox 2 Now that they will lodge a formal complaint with D. Auxilly and would consider filing a lawsuit.

This story is not the first of its kind. In February, a tax preparer in Indiana turned away a same-sex couple claiming that their marriagegoes against her religious beliefs.

In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple, and the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Jack Phillips, the baker, refused to bake a cake for Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins on the grounds of religion - and in 2018 the court found that it was his right to do so.

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