Same-Sex Couple Want Refund After Canadian Jeweler Posts Sign Against Gay Marriage

| by Michael Allen
Today's Jewellers.Today's Jewellers.

A Canadian same-sex couple want a refund after seeing an anti-gay marriage sign in a jewelry store where they paid a down payment for their engagement rings.

Nicole White and Pam Renouf ordered their custom-made rings at Today's Jewellers in Mount Pearl, in Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province.

"They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple," White told CBC News.

"Well, I referred some of my friends to them, just because I did get some good customer service and they had good prices," White added.

One of their friends went to the jewelry story and discovered a sign in the window that read: "The Sanctity of Marriage IS UNDER ATTACK; Help Keep Marriage Between Man & Woman," reported The Telegram.

A picture of the sign, posted by Holly Ivany-Ryan on her Facebook page, prompted White and Renouf to return to the store to ask about the message.

White told CBC News, "They just said that that's their beliefs, and they think they can put up whatever they want. And I just said it was very disrespectful, it's very unprofessional and I wanted a refund."

White says she was told the person who takes care of refunds is out of town until next month.

White added, "I have no issues with them believing in what they believe in. I think everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But I don't think they should put their personal beliefs inside their business."

CBC News asked Esau Jardon, the co-owner of Today's Jewellers, about the refund, but says he won't change or apologize for his views, and that the rings are finished and the couple can come in and pay the balance.

Jardon added, "I have been posting different aspects of my religious beliefs the last 11 years, and I've never had one single problem with any of my customers."

Jardon explained that the sign was posted for Mother's Day, and stated, "One of the reasons my family chose to come to Canada was the freedom of rights."

Others exercised their free speech about the anti-gay marriage sign on the company's Facebook page, which Jardon didn't like.

"I had to shut down the Facebook page because of so many hate emails and phone calls and just, really nasty stuff," Jardon said.

Gay marriage was legalized in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004, and throughout Canada in 2005.

Sources: CBC News, The Telegram, Facebook
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