Ga. company refuses to print lesbian wedding invitations
A printing company franchise has apologized after the owner of its franchise in Suwanee refused to print wedding invitations for a lesbian couple.
Paige Beckwith told WXIA’s Rebecca Lindstrom that she and her fiancée Megan had been open with vendors that there would be two brides and that none of them appeared to care—until they came across Suwanee AlphaGraphics owner Alan Akins.
Beckwith contacted the company after being referred by a friend, but the owner called her back to let her know he wouldn’t print the invitations because of his disapproval of same-sex marriage.
“I kept asking him how, why, how he could do this? He just basically stood on his religious beliefs, referenced the Bible, called it a sin, and I was basically in tears saying how could you treat me this way?” she told WXIA.
Akins confirmed to WXIA that he had declined the job and had declined other kinds of print jobs based on religious grounds.
Beckwith took her complaint to the company’s main office, which apologized and offered to design and print the invitations for free. A call to the company’s main office in Salt Lake City, Utah, to ask if action would be taken against Akins was not immediately returned.
Suwanee-based AlphaGrapics denied printing wedding invitations for lesbian couple Paige Beckwith and her fiancée Megan based on religious beliefs. (Photo via Facebook)