Sep 5, 2011

81. SHAME on them.

Have you heard about what "Hear Comes the Bride" did? It's terrible.

"Someone capable of such hatred has no place in an industry built on love,"

A New Jersey bridal salon called Here Comes the Bride - is getting slammed in the media and on online reviews...but not the kind they wanted. They are making all the news because they refused to sell a dream wedding gown to a lesbian bride. Hmmm....last time I checked it's 2011, not 1954.

In this economy where tomorrow isn't guaranteed you would think that stores would saddle up and go with the flow, but apparently this salon just shot itself in the foot. 

Alix Genter told ABC News her own account of the story...
 "She said she wouldn't work with me because I'm gay," Genter told Philadelphia Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky. "She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and it was a shame that I was gay. She said, 'There's right, and there's wrong. And this is wrong.'"

The whole situation started when Genter crossed out "groom" on the form and wrote "partner" - that's what the owner called her to question this "mistake." And in truth - she should be able to put whatever she wants.

Since this story broke last month, Here Comes the Bride Yelp and Facebook pages have been covered in reviews - mostly negative - with outrage of how they treated a paying customer - who happened to be gay. Not to mention the "Boycott Here Comes the Bride" fan page. People are pretty mad and I can't say I blame them.

It is my hope that Genter can get passed this awful situation and have the wedding of her dreams with the love of her life...because anyone who is treated like this certainly deserves it. Sometime soon all will be able to freely marry...let's just hope we get there sooner than later.

More links on this story...
ABC News
LA Times
Philly Mag
Philadelphia Inquirer
I think it's safe to say this was not a good PR move for Here Comes the Bride. Yelper Donna B. wrote "Someone capable of such hatred has no place in an industry built on love," while S.J. chimed in "This business is no different than the places that turned people away due to their race 50 years ago." More to the point, however, Doug R. said: "In an economy where it's hard to find new business, you had the perfect opportunity to really increase yours."

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