Cafe Refuses to Serve Lesbian Couple Due to ‘Unhealthy Relationship’

As Mindy Rackley and her fiancée, Kendall Brown, were evaluating where they wanted to hold their wedding rehearsal dinner, one option emerged as the front-runner: Madison’s Cafe in O’Fallon, Missouri.

The cafe had been a favorite of Rackley’s father before he died, and the couple hoped that celebrating at his beloved restaurant would be a great way to feel his spirit in the wedding proceedings.

“We were excited to have it there because it had been his favorite place to eat and we were so happy to incorporate him in this special night,” Brown told Newsweek.

Brown’s mom took the lead on setting up the reservation. Everything seemed fine, until the wife of Madison’s Cafe’s owner called Brown with “some questions.”

“She said, ‘Your spouse is another woman?’ And I said yes,” Brown told Newsweek. “Then, she said, ‘We’re gonna have to defer you to someone else for your dinner because we don’t condone that kind of relationship.”

Brown continued: “She told me, ‘Out of love for you, we’re going to have to decline your business because we believe you’re in an unhealthy relationship.”

Brown immediately hung up the phone and called her fiancée with the heartbreaking news.

“It just saddened me so much,” Rackley told Newsweek. “… That’s my dad’s restaurant, you know, and I just can’t believe this happened. He’d be turning over in his grave over this, I can tell you that.”

While owners Tom and Julie Kuhn haven’t commented on the matter, a page on their website promises that “we will work with you to make your event uniquely personal.” But that guarantee apparently needs a huge asterisk. If you are in a same-sex relationship, they will work with you to kick your event right out the front door.

Madison’s Cafe claims to be an establishment that strives to “honor God.” “We believe that everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to honor Him through our activities, events, and endeavors,” its homepage reads. “In order to honor God, we will not host or facilitate any event that we believe directly contradicts our Christian principles.”

This is an odd thing to proclaim when the principle of hospitality is core to the message of the Gospel. Jesus dined with anyone and everyone through his ministry without judging them, making Madison’s Cafe’s stance totally contrary. Oh well!

As upsetting as the situation is, maybe it’s better that the couple has their rehearsal dinner somewhere else. Some Yelp reviews definitely suggest shortcomings in the Madison’s Cafe menu.

“I found a piece of plastic in my sandwich and didn’t finish it,” one reviewer said.

“The dining facility was smelly, & tables sticky,” according to another review.

One reviewer asked to speak to the manager with a complaint and was given an odd response. “I was told they weren’t available and I could leave a complaint on a napkin for them to get to later if I’d like,” they wrote.

The owner also has a habit of posting nasty responses to critical Yelp reviews, so that pretty much says it all in regard to his character and the character of his restaurant.

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71 comments

Alea C
Alea C4 hours ago

Back again for butterfly points.

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Alea C
Alea C4 hours ago

Back again for butterfly points.

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Alea C
Alea Cyesterday

Yeah, like Trump's relationship with Melania is healthy. What a joke.

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Alea C
Alea Cyesterday

Yeah, like Trump's relationship with Melania is healthy. What a joke.

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Diane E
Diane E3 days ago

Prejudice is unhealthy, not love.

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Danuta W
Danuta W3 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Emily J
Emily J4 days ago

The cafe owners sound not only ignorant and homophobic , but also really disturbing, like some kind of religious extremists. Avoid this cafe.

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Mia P
Mia P4 days ago

glad to sign

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 days ago

TYFS

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Christine V
Christine V6 days ago

The cafe's homophobia is what is unhealthy here.

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