The owners feel they will be under attack by lying LGBT customers.
Bloomsburg Pennsylvania has introduced an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance and because of it Christian bridal shop owners say they have to close up shop for fear that they will have to serve gays and lesbians.
Lisa Boucher is the co-owner of W.W. Bridal, she says she will give up her livelihood on March 30, because she doesn’t want to endure potential lawsuits.
“I guess what would happen is that a customer would come in and once we deny them, they would sue us,” Boucher told The Christian Post. “You know how that goes with other [businesses].”
The bridal showroom faced media coverage and backlash after they refused to serve a lesbian couple back in 2014 and another couple last summer citing their belief in “Biblical marriage.”
Since then they have posted several voicemails to their Facebook business profile and social media stream. The messages are from LGBT advocates, the business says the correspondence is meant to “hurt and intimidate."
In talking to The Christian Post, they feel keeping the business open would only invite people in who would do nothing but create falsehoods and defamations.
“They will even say that they have been here and lie about the fact that they have been here when we have no record of them even being here,” Boucher predicts.
“They don’t just say, ‘They’re bigots!’ They will do it in a way that makes it look like they have been here and we have denied them or were rude to them or whatever. It’s kind of hard to promote a business when you are being attacked.”
The owners appear to have no further plans to open another business and say they will rely on their faith to get them through.
“At this point, we don’t have any plans of what to do in the future," said Boucher. "We are kind of just resting on God’s Word and hoping that He is going to pull us through it and open some sort of doors. I am sure He has blessings and will take us to wherever He wants us to serve, whether it be in our church or volunteer locally."