When a Missouri-based lesbian couple reached out to a dressmaker in New York City regarding a high-end jumpsuit for their wedding, the designer refused them service and then offered to help teach them about Jesus, according to St. Louis TV station KTVI.
"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," designer Dominique Galbraith at D. Auxilly wrote in an email to Tiffany Allen and Angel Lane, who've been together for seven years.
"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," the email continued.
The designer ended the email saying, I'm available to talk and share more about Jesus if you'd like. Feel free to call me."
Allen explained that she reached out to D. Auxilly to inquire about payment regarding the $1,500 jumpsuit, which her fiancee, Lane, fell in love with.
"I hurt because I felt that we weren't good enough," Allen said.
"I have friends who are Christians. I know people from so many different walks of life and none of them are hateful toward me and my fiancee," Lane said.
"True Christian people, whether they're Catholic, whether they're Baptist, it doesn't matter. A person who truly has that heart will tell you that God doesn't make any mistakes," Allen added.
Adding to the frustration over being rejected for their identities, Lane and Allen weren't sure if what D. Auxilly did was considered illegal discrimination. Missouri does not have protections against discrimination based on sexual identity, but New York does, according to Marcia McCormick, a professor with the St. Louis University School of Law.
"The dressmaker is violating New York State law that prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation," McCormick said.
Lane and Allen intend to file a formal complaint against D. Auxilly and may consider filing a lawsuit.