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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Kildare firm offer to print wedding invites of gay couple refused by local printer - for free

Firm will print full complement of wedding stationery at no charge

Jonathon Brennan (29) will enter into a civil partnership to his boyfriend John Kierans (35)
Jonathon Brennan (29) will enter into a civil partnership to his boyfriend John Kierans (35)

Clare Cullen

A Kildare printer has offered to print all wedding stationery of a gay couple who were refused by another printer - for free.

KildarePrint.com have offered to print all of the wedding stationary of the couple - and for free.

Owners Damien and Ann Stanley say the treatment of couple was "not fair".

Speaking to Independent.ie, Ann said that the offer is "not for business... it's personal".

"I'm against anybody being cruel to anybody else".

She confirmed that the printers will full accommodate the Louth couples needs - and all for free.

"We will print anything they want, including stationary, their RSVP cards, their menu - whatever they want".

She added that the company often reach out to help those that need it.

"When a dog goes missing, we'll print the missing posters for free".

"It's not for publicity - in business, you need to have a human side".

"(Beulah Print & Design) took their money in other respects, why not now?"

Kildare Print was not the only organisation to contact Independent.ie with offers of help. LetsPrint.ie have also offered the couple 'complimentary invites', while Reads Design in Dublin's Nassau Street have offered a voucher for a canvas of the couple on their big day.

Jonathon Brennan (29) and his partner of eight years John Kierans (35), hit the headlines when the owner of local printers, Beulah Print & Design, told him they would not do business with him because “we don’t agree with homosexuality”.

Jonathon Brennan said he was “infuriated and shocked”.

Mr Brennan told the Irish Independent that the co-owner, Noel Tuite, initially agreed to print the invitations, but it 'became apparent' that he had changed his mind.

He added "We've been together eight years and we've never come across an instance like this. We are hurt and we are very angry."

Co-owner of Beulah Print & Design, Mr O'Leary, had told Independent.ie: "There's a certain class of work we wouldn't do, because we are committed Christians.

"God has his hand in our lives, he helped us to started up the business, and we've dedicated it to him."

Tiernan Brady, of the Dublin-based Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen), said: "Without getting into the specifics of this case, the law of the land in Ireland is very clear - it's against the law to deny goods or services.

"That's a good law and it's there for a reason, as it protects people."

Mr Brady said it was his experience that the denial of goods or services to gay people was a rare occurrence in Ireland with the vast majority of the public in favour of laws to protect the community.

"We know how to obey good laws in Ireland," he said.

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