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Designer refuses to make wedding outfit for same-sex couple

Designer refuses to make wedding outfit for same-sex couple

Angel Lane and fiancee Tiffany Allen had request for a wedding outfit refused

A same-sex couple based in St Louis, Missouri have revealed a fashion designer turned down their request for a wedding outfit because of their sexuality.

Tiffany Allen and her fiancée Angel Lane plan to marry in Las Vegas in October. They contacted fashion brand D. Auxilly in New York City to order a wedding outfit. A particular $1,500 jumpsuit caught their eye.

They communicated with D. Auxilly designer Dominique K. Galbraith. On her Facebook page, Galbraith lists herself as ‘Designer/Owner’ at the fashion house.

However, after learning that she was dealing with a same-sex couple. Galbraith turned down the commission. She said creating a wedding outfit for a same-sex couple went against her Christian faith.

‘I encourage you both to reconsider’

In an email to the women, Galbraith said: ‘Thank you for reaching out… However, I wouldn’t be able to make a piece for a same-sex wedding. It goes against my faith in Christ. I believe Jesus died for our sins so that we would live for him according to His Holy Word.

‘I know you both love each other and that this feels right but I encourage you both to reconsider and see what the Lord has to say and the wonderful things He has in store for you both if you trust and obey Him.’

(Image: Angel Lane | Facebook)

She ended her message by saying she’d happily take more to the women about Jesus.

‘I’m available to talk and share more about Jesus if you’d like. Feel free to call me.’

Allen told Metro, ‘I hurt because I didn’t feel good enough.

‘A person who truly has that heart will tell you that God doesn’t make any mistakes. I’m not a mistake.

‘My fiancée is not a mistake.’

Is it legal to refuse to make a wedding outfit for same-sex couple?

In Missouri, where the couple live, there are no anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people in the provision of goods and services. However, New York, where the design company is based, does have anti-discrimination laws.

Marcia McCormick, a professor with the St. Louis University School of Law, told KTVI: ‘The dressmaker is violating New York State law that prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.’

‘I refuse to allow anyone’s ignorance or hate to drive us apart’

Lane took the Facebook to blast Galbraith’s response.

‘Several of Dominique’s clients appear to have their children in their wedding … I assume she didn’t give them a speech about being a virgin and having children prior to marriage because she clearly designed and created the apparel they sought for their big day. I do believe that goes against her religious sensibilities if I must be technical about all of this.

‘I refuse to allow anyone’s ignorance or hate to drive us apart. I don’t have anything to wear for my wedding yet, but I’m very much excited for our big day!’

Allen and Lane plan to file a complaint against D. Auxilly and are considering legal action.

Lane went on to say on Facebook that the pair had been touched by the support they’d received.

‘The outpour of love and support we’ve been receiving from our loved ones and complete strangers has been overwhelming!’

She also indicated several alternative designers had been in touch to discuss their wedding outfit requirements.

Allen, in an email to GSN, confirmed this.

‘When the original post was shared a lot of people tagged and shared several designers and shops,’ she said.

‘We have also been contacted directly by a couple of designers as well. We are still in the process of looking at everyone to see who would be the best fit. After this experience, we now realize more than ever how important it is to find someone who truly supports the LGBTQIA+ community in the wedding industry.’

GSN has contacted D. Auxilly for comment.

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