Owners of W.W. Bridal Boutique closed its doors at the end of March, claiming it could no longer safely stay in business after it received numerous threats that its owners would be killed, their children raped and their business burned to the ground.
Threats against the bridal shop began in July of 2017 after a lesbian couple was denied service. Lisa Boucher, a co-owner of the store, told CAN that it refused service to the lesbian couple because it holds Christian beliefs defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The lesbian couple, Shannon Kennedy and Julie Samanas, immediately sought publicity after they were denied service, which resulted in various threats being directed at the shop's owners and family members.
An opposition Facebook page was also created following the incident, which was dedicated to forcing the bridal shop out of business.
Calling itself “Boycott W.W. Bridal Boutique,” the page was launched on July 24, 2017 and had 269 followers when it announced victory over the bridal shop.
“I wanted o congratulate you on the successes we’ve made since the inception of this page. WW. Bridal Boutique is closing its doors,” the administrator wrote. With this congratulation, the administrator announced that the “page has run its course” and would also be shutting down.
Martin Mawyer, president of Christian Action Network, took issue with the group’s assertion that it had anything to do with closing the Christian-owned bridal shop.
“To say that a homosexual boycott was responsible for closing W.W. Bridal Boutique is insincere and ridiculous,” Mawyer said. “This Christian bridal shop had never relied on a single dime from the homosexual community to stay in business.”
“The only way this Facebook page could have been responsible for its closure is if it was behind the depraved threats of rape, murder and arson that this bridal shop received,” Mawyer added. “And this is something the administrator of this farcical page is unwilling to admit to.”
“What closed this shop was hateful intimidation and cowardly threats,” Mawyer said, “not a minuscule group of boycotting homosexual sympathizers, most of whom live hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from Bloomsburg, PA, and most of whom had no wedding plans to begin with,” Mawyer said.