Couple Demands R2 Million From Wedding Venue For Refusing To Host Their Wedding
After a wedding venue refused to host their wedding last year, a same-sex couple from Cape Town wants R2 million in damages for a charity of their choice.
Beloftebos in Stanford reportedly denied Sasha-Lee Heekes and Megan Watling from hosting their wedding at the venue.
Initially, the picturesque farm made headlines in 2017 when an American couple took to social media after their request to have their wedding at Beloftesbos was denied.
Sasha-Lee Heekes and fiancée Megan Watling have approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in a bid to have the matter resolved.
The SA Human Rights Commission has brought a case in the Equality Court, where the pair has also filed an intervening application.
“If we accept it in this sphere, it wouldn’t be long before we would have to accept it in other spheres.”
“If someone says they get away with it, others will say we can also refuse, and before long it will be restaurants, cafes, theatres, and hospitals,” said Watling.
“Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion,” was the defence offered by Beloftesbos, near Hermanus, for not hosting same-sex wedding ceremonies.
The farm owners insist they are not homophobic, and gay people are welcome to visit.
But for religious reasons, they draw the line at hosting same-sex weddings.
On the Beloftebos website, its owners say:
“We… are Christians who seek to honour and obey God in everything we do, including the way in which we operate our business. While the venue is available to people of all races, our biblical conviction is that marriage is reserved for a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman.”
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