Woman refused service by printing company because she was gay

A woman has taken to the airwaves after being refused service by a printing company because of her sexual orientation.

Julianne Grant was looking to have her wedding invitations made up by Beulah printing company who refused to make them because she is gay.

Julianne was speaking on The Niall Boylan Show on Classic Hits 4FM today about the ordeal which she describes as a “very upsetting” and an “awful experience.”

Speaking on the show, Julianne said she first got on very well with the owner of Beulah Print, but when she mentioned her fiancé and referred to her partner as a female, his demeanour changed.

“He distanced himself, he avoided eye contact and he stopped talking.” Julianne said, “then he said ‘I’m sorry, I have my own beliefs, I am a Christian man and I can’t do your invitations.’”

The bride-to-be responded to the rejection very maturely by saying: “OK, thank you” and leaving the store.

When asked by Niall why Julianne had chosen that print shop which had already caused controversy by refusing to print invitations for a gay couple earlier in the year, Julianne said she had just happened to be in the area and she had never heard of the shop before.

Beulah print released a statement to 4FM saying they were happy to serve all members of the community irrespective of religion, colour or sexual orientation however they cannot employ their creative ability to design and print materials which come into conflict with their Christian faith.

 

By Roisin Burke