North Carolina Wedding Venue Refuses to Host Same-Sex Couple's Wedding | 22 Words

A North Carolina wedding venue has refused to host the wedding of a same-sex couple because they're gay.

And it's left the internet seething...

For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been wrongfully discriminated against.


Meaning that people who identify in such a way haven't felt the confidence to come out and embrace their true selves.

But, as the years have trickled by...


The fight for acceptance and equality has grown.

Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights...


And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.

We've come a long way...


Because here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.

In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...


And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.

Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.


Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...


But sadly, discrimination is still a big issue...

As one couple found out after their chosen wedding venue refused to host their wedding because they're gay.

And after sharing their story, people can't believe this is still happening...

McCae Henderson, a lawyer and Ike Edwards, a dentist, met online 3 years ago.

On February 14, 2021, Edwards proposed at Henderson's childhood home and of course, he said yes!

Naturally, the couple then began planning their wedding.

Starting with, one of the most important parts... The wedding venue.

As Edwards and Henderson began their search for the perfect wedding venue, a friend recommended Highgrove Estate, in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

Edwards decided to reach out to the venue on their website, where it asked for the names of the bride and groom.

To which, he added a note explaining that there would be 2 grooms.

3 days later, the couple received a response from the venue, but it wasn't what they hoped for...

In the email, Highgrove Estate said the venue chooses "not to participate in same-sex weddings."

While in a statement to ABC11, the owner of Highgrove Estate said they turned Henderson and Edwards away because of religious beliefs.

"Highgrove has always welcomed vendors, guests, and employees of all orientations and we do not discriminate against a people or group," the statement said.

"We believe in the sanctity of marriage as God says in the Bible that marriage is between a man and a woman and we choose to honor Him above what the world decides what marriage should be."

Speaking with Insider to describe his shock, Henderson said: "We are privileged to not have had to deal with this in the past."

"Reactions from friends and family really made us want to kind of spread the word and say, 'No, it's not OK, and we don't have to accept this.'"

Since sharing their story, Henderson said they have received a great deal of support.

And they have even had some people reach out and tell them that they've had similar experiences with Highgrove Estate.

Henderson explained that one couple told him the venue wouldn't host their wedding because they're Jewish.

In the days following the couple sharing their story, Highgrove Estate made their social media accounts private.

Highgrove Estate also deleted their Facebook page.

"We've had a bunch of people reach out saying that they're canceling their weddings with that venue," Henderson said.

"But it was never our intention by releasing this information to shut them down."

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