In a strangely worded column, Philadelphia Daily News writer Ronnie Polaneczky brings us word about New Jersey bridal shop Here Comes the Bride and the owner's anti-gay behavior with a lesbian customer. Polaneczky pens the piece as a letter to Alix Genter, the customer the shop refused to work with because they said same-sex marriage were "illegal."
The bride-to-be went to the store with her family to pick out a wedding dress. They found the perfect gown and everyone left happy thinking things were peachy keen.
So how weird it must have been to get a call on Tuesday from Donna (she wouldn't tell you her last name, and she wouldn't tell me, either, when I spoke with her yesterday), and to have a conversation so different from the one you had with her on Saturday.
Apparently, Donna was stunned to learn, after reviewing your customer-information sheet, that you're a lesbian. On the paperwork, you'd crossed out the word "groom" and written "partner" instead, and then inserted your fiancée's name.
"She said she wouldn't work with me because I'm gay," you recalled. "She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, 'There's right, and there's wrong. And this is wrong.' "
She also said - and you have the voicemail to prove it - that what you were planning was "illegal" and that "we do not participate in any illegal actions."
You know what's strange? When I called Donna yesterday to get her side of the story, she both confirmed your version of events and accused you of "stirring up drama." She said that your writing the word "partner" was basically a provocation, evidence of a need "to show that she's different."
The author goes on to apologize to the bride on behalf of straight people everywhere.