A lesbian couple in Missouri were reportedly denied entry to a dance class. They are now alleging discrimination based on their sexual orientation.W
Michelle King and Amanda Shelton are engaged and went to Prestige Ballroom in Des Peres, Missouri to learn how to dance for their upcoming wedding.
According to ABC News 13, the couple were looking forward to their dance lessons, which they purchased on Groupon. That is, however, until dance instructor Dave Thompson said he would not accept their business because they are gay.
‘He was like we don’t have accommodations for same sex couples to dance. It would make everyone in the room awkward,’ King told ABC News.
When reporters went to Prestige to get Thompson’s side of the story, he said, ‘I can’t discuss it right now. I’ll have to get with my legal counsel and have them get back with you.’
The next day, the couple got a call from St. Louis Equality Dance, a group offering dance instruction to LGBTI people. The couple was informed that Thompson recommended them.
‘They said that David referred us to them,’ the couple told news sources. ‘Well, I didn’t pay for you. I paid for Prestige.’M
According to legal experts, it is legal in the state of Missouri to refuse business to someone based on religious belief. However, St. Louis County, where Des Peres is based, bans this type of discrimination.
Yet, when the couple asked Thompson is his refusal to accept their business was religiously motivated, he allegedly said no, ‘That has nothing to do with that.’