NEW BERN, N.C. — A lesbian couple says the owner of a North Carolina restaurant crossed the line when he handed them a letter condemning homosexuality.
WCTI reported that the incident happened at The Stingray Café in New Bern on Dec. 4 as the couple was leaving the business.
Ariel and Shawnee McPhail said they were confronted by the owner outside and they felt the letter was rude and inappropriate.
The letter reads:
“God said in the last days that man and wom[a]n would be lover of self, more [than] the lover of God.
That man and woman would have unnatural [affection] for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late.
The Love of Christ
P.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy[ed] her life and my grandson.”
The restaurant’s owner, Ed McGovern, confirmed to WCTI that he did give the couple the letter. He said he did so out of love.
He said he wrote the letter because he did not approve of the women kissing outside his restaurant. But the couple denies kissing.
“First of all, we didn’t kiss. We don’t kiss in public. We were holding hands,” said Shawnee McPhail. “Secondly, if I did kiss my wife in public, what married couple would you go to and say, ‘how dare you. You cannot hold hands and you cannot kiss in public therefore you deserve my judgment.’”
Read more: WCTI.