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Gay couple receive homophobic wedding programs back from online printer

Gay couple get homophobic programs back from online printer.
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A gay couple planning their wedding thought they had one thing checked off their list; the programs, that is until they got them back from an online printer with a warning that they were being led by the Devil's influence.

“Satan entices your flesh with evil desires,” they read according to Towleroad.

Andrew Borg and Stephen Heasley used the online printing shop Vistaprint, and are now suing the company for breach of contract and “emotional pain.”

“This was by far the most direct, personal, and aggressive act of homophobia either of us has experienced to date,” the couple said, according to Yahoo News.

The flyers were supposed to be programs for their ceremony which was scheduled to take place the next day and attended by 100 people.

Instead of receiving an itinerary, Andrew and Stephen got something else entirely in the mail: 

“Satan knows our flesh is weak. He preys upon our weaknesses to tempt us to sin. Satan can only influence us to want to sin. He cannot make us sin.”

There is no specific homophobic language in the pamphlets, but the couple and their lawyer are convinced the fire and brimstone commentary was aimed at them. 

“This conduct is morally repugnant and Vistaprint must be held accountable,” their lawsuit says.

 “The pamphlets — plainly sent to threaten and attack Mr. Heasley and Mr. Borg because they are gay — warn that ‘Satan entices your flesh with evil desires,'" the lawsuit continues according to The New York Post

Filed court papers say Andrew and Stephen, “were both emotionally devastated by Vistaprint’s intimidating and discriminatory conduct.’’ 

Their couple's lawyer, Michael J. Willemin, said: “This case presents a particularly egregious example of a company refusing to provide equal services to members of the LBGTQ community."

The printing company sent out the following statement:

“Vistaprint would never discriminate against customers for their sexual orientation.

We pride ourselves on being a company that celebrates diversity and enables customers all over the world to customize products for their special events.

We have just been made aware of this incident in the last few hours.

We understand how upsetting it would be for anyone to receive materials such as these the night before their wedding and we have immediately launched an internal investigation.

Until we have had the opportunity to complete our investigation, we cannot comment further.”