Lesbian couple left ‘overwhelmed with anger’ as South Africa venue declines their wedding

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01/21/2020

A South African wedding venue is facing criticism after the Christian owners declined to host a lesbian couple’s wedding. Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of Beloftebos, a popular event place in Cape Town, inquiring about potential dates for their wedding. However, they received an email response that the venue does not accommodate weddings between couples of the same gender, Watling and Heekes wrote on Facebook. Watling said she cried and became overwhelmed with anger after reading the response last Friday. “At first I cried, but then I was overwhelmed with anger,” Watling wrote in her post. “How, in 2020, is this still a reality? Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006, but yet people still believe that they can justify hate and bigotry and quote a God that I don’t believe would stand for said hate and bigotry.”

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