As soon as Mallory Arthur and Kelly Roberts got engaged in January, they started planning their October 2021 wedding.
But this week’s excitement wasn’t what the Woodstock, Ont., couple, both 26 years old, were bargaining for. When they tried to book videographer Caramount Pictures, based in Brantford, Ont., for their wedding, the owner told them the business will not work with a same-sex couple.
The refusal came on Monday, 15 years to the day after Canada legalized same-sex marriage, on July 20, 2005.
“I say this with much care, because I know your union is incredibly important to you, but we do not film homosexual weddings,” Cara Hamstra, the business owner, wrote in an email.
Arthur was shocked. “She was so blunt about it, didn’t even try to mask it,” she said.
“When I opened the email, my heart just immediately dropped. I felt sick to my stomach,” Roberts said. “It was just so blatant what she said. And usually people will try and dance around it.”
CBC News reached out to Hamstra for comment but has not received a response as of publication.
The couple had a similar experience in February.
Roberts said after meeting with a wedding officiant in a local Tim Hortons doughnut shop, he said he wouldn’t marry the two women.
“Mallory was grabbing us a coffee, and as she sat down and he realized it was two women, he said that his beliefs don’t support our marriage, and he would be shunned by the church if he married us,” she said.
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