No more bachelorette parties for straight women until same-sex marriage is legalized. That’s the new rule at West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey, a popular spot that has lately attracted lots of hetero brides-to-be and their tipsy entourage. Owner David Cooley says the bar’s LGBT patrons are growing weary of these premarital shenanigans.
“Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our go-gos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials,” Cooley said in a press release, quoted on gay blog Unicorn Booty. “They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married.”
“The Abbey’s Bachelorette Ban comes on the heels of a ban on Gay Marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the south,” the press release continues. “The Abbey encourages other gay-owned and operated establishments to institute their own bans as a sign of solidarity until Marriage is legal everywhere for everyone.”
Chances are, these bachelorettes aren’t trying to rub their marriage rights in the faces of LGBT people, but celebrating your engagement at a gay bar is an odd choice when there are so many other options available. LGBT men and women go to places like The Abbey to unwind and have a good time — to get away from the culture war and homophobic politics forced onto us. A reminder of the civil rights we’re being denied is a definite buzz kill.
But maybe The Abbey and other LGBT establishments considering a bachelorette ban could compromise. Perhaps The Abbey could charge a special bachelorette admission fee and donate the proceeds to an organization fighting for marriage equality.
In the meantime, bachelorettes looking forward to a night at The Abbey will just have to go party somewhere else.
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