Bridal Store Refuses to Sell Lesbian Bride a Gown
Trips to the bridal salon can have their ups and downs, but generally, they don’t end with the store’s proprietor calling several days later and informing the bride-to-be that she is about to participate in an “illegal action.” Unfortunately for Alix Genter, that’s exactly what happened after she found an almost-perfect wedding dress at a salon called Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, NJ. Genter, who is a lesbian, and her partner are planning to get a civil union in New Jersey and marry in New York next July.
“We are very fortunate in that our families love and support us,” Genter told Ronnie Polaneczky, a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. “They’re so excited about our wedding.”
They were so excited that Genter was accompanied by no less than six friends and family members. They helped Genter try on dresses, and together, they found a dress that was nearly ideal — it would have been perfect in a different fabric. The bridal store owner, Donna, promised to investigate.
In the course of Donna’s investigations, she discovered that Genter had crossed out “groom” and written “partner” on the customer-information sheet, and inserted a woman’s name. This was so disturbing to Donna that she called Genter to inform her that she could not sell her the dress.
“She said she wouldn’t work with me because I’m gay,” said Genter. “She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, ‘There’s right, and there’s wrong. And this is wrong.’”
When Polaneczky called Donna to hear her side of the story, Donna produced some very twisted logic. She explained to Polaneczky that lesbians were just “women who were fed up with men because ‘men can be difficult,’ and so now they ‘experiment’ with female relationships because they’re tired of having men boss them around.”
Perhaps inspired by the 200 negative reviews on Yelp.com, Donna has agreed to sit down and discuss the situation with Genter’s parents. But of course, she won’t apologize to Genter.
Photo from Lee J. Haywood via flickr.