A gay couple filed a federal lawsuit in Massachusetts on Tuesday against printing company Vistaprint for sending them religious pamphlets on sin and Satan instead of the wedding programs they ordered.
Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg, who currently reside in Australia, ordered programs from Vistaprint which were meant to list members of the wedding party, an order of events and lyrics to their wedding song “Treasure” by Above & Beyond.
Instead, the couple received 80 “hateful, discriminatory’” pamphlets that mentioned sin and Satan.
“Satan knows our flesh is weak. He preys upon our weaknesses to tempt us to sin. Satan can only influence us to want to sin. He cannot make us sin,” one pamphlet read.
“At first we thought it was simply a mistake, and we had accidentally received someone else’s order,” the couple told Yahoo. “But once we saw the images and actually read a bit of the pamphlet, we quickly realized this wasn’t a simple or innocent error. Both of our initial reactions were ones of shock … utter shock. The wording and imagery was aggressive, threatening, and deeply personally offensive. This was by far the most direct, personal, and aggressive act of homophobia either of us has experienced to date.”
Vistaprint says the pamphlets were sent to the couple, who married in September 2017, in error and were meant for another customer. The company also says they “would never discriminate against customers for their sexual orientation.”
“We pride ourselves on being a company that celebrates diversity and enables customers all over the world to customize products for their special events,” Vistaprint told Yahoo in a statement. “We have just been made aware of this incident in the last few hours. We understand how upsetting it would be for anyone to receive materials such as these the night before their wedding and we have immediately launched an internal investigation. Until we have had the opportunity to complete our investigation, we cannot comment further.’