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West Hollywood's gay hotspot The Abbey bans bachelorette parties

'They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married”
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The Abbey, the gay West Hollywood hotspot that also attracts a sizable straight crowd, announced Friday (25 May) that it is banning the bachelorette parties that have become increasingly popular there in recent years.

Founder David Cooley said the policy move is being made in consideration of the gay-owned and operated establishment's customer base because same-sex marriage is not legal in California.

'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. 'They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married.'

'Over the past 22 years, The Abbey has been a place that accepts everyone, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and everything in between,' Cooley added. 'We love our straight girlfriends and they are welcome here, just not for bachelorette parties.'

The Abbey is encouraging other gay-owned and operated establishments to institute their own bans as a sign of solidarity until marriage is legal everywhere for everyone.

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