TX Reception Hall Refuses Engaged Gay Couple “Because of God”

An actual photo on the All Occasion website

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Ben Allen, 26, and Justin Hudgins, 29, have been together eight years—and hoped to hold a wedding reception for about 150 loved ones at the All Occasion Party Place near Fort Worth, Texas.
But when Ben called on Monday to make a reservation, he soon learned the venue was leaving him at the altar: “She immediately responded with, ‘Well, no, I don’t do that,’ and that was just the end of that,” he says. “It felt like somebody had just hit me in the face.”

Ben says he received an email from an employee, Robin Hearne, that went into more detail: “It is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception, and I know he loves you, but not what you are doing. I simply said I can not rent to you, which is also my right.”

It’s true Texas state law doesn’t list sexual orientation among the categories you can’t discriminate against in services or public accommodations, but Fort Worth does.

Unfortunately, Party City All Occasion Party Place is just outside the city limits.

Okay, awesome people of Dallas-Fort Worth, can someone please step forward and help these guys create the reception of their dreams? Preferably one that makes All Occasion look like Chuck E. Cheese’s.

As for the rest of you, we absolutely do not condone violence or harassment—but if you wanted to tie up All Occasion’s phone line with reservation requests for same-sex receptions, who are we to stop you?

All Occasion Party Place
Office: 817-561-9595, Cell: 682- 553-6542
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40263 Fort Worth, Texas 76140

All together now: What a douche!