Cape venue refuses gay wedding

Beloftebos wedding venue near Stanford in the Western Cape refused to host a wedding of a same-sex couple on grounds of their sexual orientation.

According to HuffPost SA, Alex Thorne (29) says:  “A few days ago, I emailed Beloftebos to enquire about dates, as my girlfriend and I are thinking about taking the next step.  I mentioned that this was a same-sex wedding, and assumed they’d have no problem with it.”  The venue later replied that they would be unable to host the wedding.  Sensing that the issue might be her sexuality, she asked if it had something to do with the dates, and was sent an email that their policy is to only cater to heterosexual weddings.

We wish not to offend with this but it is our venue policy – Beloftebos Wedding Venue

We took notice with great disappointment of the policy of Beloftebos Wedding Venue not to render services to a same-sex couple, and we believe that when entering a public service domain, religious beliefs should be set aside.

Stanford Tourism has in the meantime taken the brave step to suspend the membership of Beloftebos wedding venue after it’s refusal to host the wedding, and the venue was also removed from Stanford Tourism’s website.  The tourism body released a statement of Friday, and said it would await official comment from Beloftebos.


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