Gay couple sues printing company over “homophobic” leaflets

Andrew Borg and Stephen Heasley

A gay couple is suing a printing company after it sent them what they claim to be homophobic pamphlets.

Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg had ordered wedding programmes from international publishing company Vistaprint for their wedding in Pennsylvania last September.

However, when their delivery arrived, they discovered that the box contained not their wedding programme but copies of a pamphlet entitled “Understanding Temptation: Fight the Good Fight of the Faith”.

The couple’s lawyers said: “The pamphlets—plainly sent to threaten and attack Mr Heasley and Mr Borg because they are gay—warned that ‘Satan entices your flesh with evil desires. 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.’”

The couple told Yahoo News: “At first we thought it was simply a mistake, and we had accidentally received someone else’s order. But once we saw the images and actually read a bit of the pamphlet, we quickly realised this wasn’t a simple or innocent error… The wording and imagery was aggressive, threatening, and deeply personally offensive.”

Vistaprint replied: “We pride ourselves on being a company that celebrates diversity and enables customers all over the world to customise products for their special events. 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.”