- A lesbian couple enquired about hosting their wedding ceremony on a farm
- The farm replied that they could not host them due to personal beliefs
- A storm erupted on social media over the situation
Sasha-Lee Heekes and fiancée Megan Watling have had their wedding plans thrown into disarray when the host of the preferred wedding venue denied to host them based on their personal beliefs.
Briefly.co.za learned that their experience went viral when they posted the reply from the venue to their enquiry on Facebook, with some people agreeing with the host and others taking the side of the couple.
A petition has been signed by over 300 people in support of the couple taking the matter to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
This is not the first time the farm, Beloftesbos, has denied a wedding, in 2017 an American couple's wedding request was denied.
Social media users commented on what they thought of the situation.
Charmaine Burrows: I don't understand why are some people living in the dark ages. Love is the prime object in life . this is embraced by all.
Linri Bendle: This is so sad. Sowing of hatred when you don't get your way. What shocked me the most is that this incident is being compared it to apartheid!? Did i read correctly!!?
Most people (including me who rarely pay attention when it comes to the naming and shaming of others) are aware of the Beloftebos's policy due to the previous incident.
Why would a person even want to get married somewhere if they know the venue's policy goes agaisnt what they believe...
Let's zoom out a bit.. A question was asked, the answer was no (for honouring their faith). Now, what is happening... Tantrums are being thrown, hatered is being sown..
Also, I think it should be taken into account that the purpose of the policy is not to hurt others. It is what they believe. If you don't like it, don't get married there.
I think they are very brave in standing by what they believe even though they knew how the world would speak hateful to and of them, and I honour them for that.
Maxine Iwaniuk: Although personally I have absolutely nothing against homosexuality.
I do believe that everyone has the right to believe what they want? Including this particular business.
Stop forcing your belief on everyone.
Move on and find another venue.
Mariska de Beer: I am so glad there are people who still stand up for their beliefs... Well done to the venue for sticking to it.
Johan Marais: Thank you Jesus there is people that still stand for Gods word. God made woman for man so they function together and have children. You can have it both ways. God made Adam and Eve not adam and steve. If you want to live in sin there are plenty other places you can use that will welcome you in your sin. Repent come to Jesus before it is to late.
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