Saturday 3 December 2016

'I would never have put myself through that if I had known' – Woman refused by printers for her wedding invitations speaks out

Published 20/10/2016 | 17:33

The business premises of Beulah Print on Fair Street in Drogheda. Photo: Drogheda
The business premises of Beulah Print on Fair Street in Drogheda. Photo: Drogheda

A woman has spoken out after a printing company refused to print her wedding invitations because she is gay.

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Julianne Grant said that she “couldn’t stop smiling” going into Beulah Print because she was so excited, but that the mood changed when the printer realised she is gay.

“I said ‘my fiancée’ and then I said ‘she’ and his whole behaviour changed. He distanced himself from the conversation and didn‘t give me eye contact anymore,” Julianne told Classic Hits 4fm.

“He gathered himself and said ‘I’m sorry Julianne, I have my own beliefs; I’m a Christian man and I’m not able to do your invitations.”

“I respect everyone’s beliefs, but I really felt that he should’ve kept it separate. Business is business,” Julianne continued.

Since her story broke, many people have questioned whether Julianne knew she would be refused service, since Beulah Print was in the news last year for the same reason. Julianne said she had “no idea” that the printer’s had this policy.

“I had no idea; I would never have put myself through that if I had known. If I’d heard about it I wouldn’t have given my energy and time to go there,” she stated.

“I was in the area, there were a few printer shops and that was the first one I went into.”

A statement from Beulah Print to the radio station said: “At Beulah Print we are happy to serve all members of the community irrespective of religion, colour, sexual orientation etc. However, we cannot employ our creative ability to design and print materials which come into conflict with our Christian faith.”

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