I've now read more about that case that I posted about on Tuesday. It is very clear that the lesbian couple did not know about the jeweler's beliefs at the time they ordered the ring. As the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation site says:
White and Renouf visited the store and later gave specifications and a price range for potential rings.As I said Tuesday, this changes the situation from what Cooke seemed to think. Cooke outlined a scenario where the couple concluded the deal in full knowledge of the jeweler's anti-gay beliefs. But it's clear that this was not the case. They found out about this after the order was placed.
“They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple,” White said.
“I referred some of my friends to them, just because I did get some good customer service and they had good prices.”
That was before one friend went in to purchase a ring for his girlfriend — and instead found a distressing sign.
It reads: “The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman.”
The friend took a picture of the poster, which made its way back to White.
“I had no idea about the sign up until that point,” she said.
“It was really upsetting. Really sad, because we already had money down on [the rings], and they're displaying how much they are against gays, and how they think marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
The couple went to the store the following day, and asked about the sign.
“They just said that that's their beliefs, and they think they can put up whatever they want. I just said it was very disrespectful, it's very unprofessional and I wanted a refund,” White said.