Lana Rusev, owner of Simply Elegant Wedding Planning in Jacksonville, Florida, recently turned down Melissa and Jennifer McCord who wanted to hire her company. The McCords are a lesbian couple who decided to use Simply Elegant for their upcoming homosexual wedding.
Melissa received a letter from Rusev that reportedly said:
“After checking our booked events I have discovered that we are booked on the 30th & 31st and unfortunately are not able to take additional events for the weekend. Also, due to my strong personal belief I do not feel comfortable planning a wedding for lesbian couples. I hope you understand and not take this personally. I am really sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”
Jennifer and Melissa were married on January 10 in a mass homosexual marriage ceremony when it became legal in Florida per a federal judge’s ruling, but Melissa says they are planning their own wedding on Oct. 30 of this year.
“If I hurt anyone I apologize, but that is my personal belief,” stated Rusev, who was born in the Ukraine. “We all are entitled to our beliefs.”
Rusev received negative comments on her company’s Facebook page and responded with this:
“I am not afraid to stand for what I believe. I will continue to stand my ground and not be bullied. Our Facebook has been swarmed by discriminating comments and negative reviews. 26 years ago my family and I fled a country that persecuted Christians for their belief. It’s really sad to see American becoming more and more like theses countries that so many of us once fled.”