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Lesbian Couple Rejected by Wedding Planning Company in Arizona

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A couple in Arizona was ready for their wedding. They planned on tying the knot in December at Encanto Park. "We had the white chairs, we had the beautiful red runner for us to walk down with my dad,” Kenyata White said. 

However, White and her fiancée, Crystal Allen, hit a roadblock when the company they’d hired to help organize their wedding told the couple they would no longer offer their services.

"We are very uncomfortable with same-sex marriage as it is directly against our beliefs," Reverend Susan Latimer told White in an email. "We would not be a very good fit."

"It was just crazy that she (Rev. Latimer) just completely turned," White said told KTAR. "I really felt like our conversations and our interaction was really genuine, and she really did like me at first.”

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Phoenix has anti-discrimination laws, but because AffordableWeddingMinister.com is run by a Lamister and her husband, who is also a reverend, they are exempt from the law.

"If they're licensed ministers, they get to say who they want to marry and who they don’t," said attorney Brendan Mahoney, who co-wrote the Phoenix's LGBT anti-discrimination law.

"It's disappointing because it was the way I wanted it set up," White said. "Everything was just perfect."

"We're not saying they have to love us," Allen said. "They don't even have to condone what we do or who we are."

White added: ”They don't even have to have fun. Just set up our wedding."

The rejection comes a week after same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of Arizona, after the Supreme Court decided the ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional. 

Mahoney had some advice for the couple: "Go find a place that wants to marry you, that looks forward to marrying you, and have a happy wedding."

Sources: KTAR / Image via KTAR