Ga. com­pany re­fuses to print les­bian wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions

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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)

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