Local Venue Declines To Host Wedding Between Two Women

Local Venue Declines To Host Wedding Between Two Women

6:31pm Dec 22, 2020
Naomi Washington Leapheart, center, the faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, addresses activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2018. The Court has ruled for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that didn't directly address the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Winston-Salem venue has denied a gay couple’s request to host their wedding there. 

The couple, Brianna May and Kasey Mayfield, had inquired about using the location for the wedding they’re planning in 2022.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that The Warehouse on Ivy declined to accommodate them, telling the couple they didn’t host same-sex ceremonies.

May posted screenshots of the rejection on social media, and a backlash against the venue ensued. 

In a message to the Journal, a representative for the company said: “Although we love and respect everyone in our community, (their) own decision making and beliefs, we also strongly believe in our Christian values."

Same-sex marriages were legalized by the Supreme Court in 2015. Three years later the court sided on behalf of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a wedding between two men. But that ruling was narrowly tailored and didn’t address the wider issue of discrimination against gay couples.

May and Mayfield say they'll find another venue, and aren’t planning to sue.

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