The Abbey, known as the best gay bar in LA and the world, has banned bachelorette parties until marriage is legal for everyone.
“I just felt after seeing so many bachelorette parties… having our wonderful straight girlfriends having a special time, a special night, having fun that it’s almost a slap in the face to my clientele,” David Cooley, founder and president of The Abbey, told CBS. Cooley, who is aso gay, pointed out that the parties were also a personal "slap in my face."
Cooley said in a press release that he is flooded with requests for bachelorette parties but that many of the girls who come there to celebrate pending nuptials are "completely unaware" that the people around them aren't allowed to get married. Customers of The Abbey reacted positively to the ban, according to ABC.
The bachleorette party ban comes on the heels of a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina. The Abbey hopes other gay bars will institute similar bans.
Here's part of the Abbey's official statement on the ban, and Grubstreet LA has more:
Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our gogos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married.
Over the past 22 years, The Abbey has been a place that accepts everyone, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and everything in between. We love our straight girlfriends and they are welcome here, just not for bachelorette parties. It has long been a policy at The Abbey to deny admission to groups in costume, including Bachelorette regalia. Bachelorette parties had previously been allowed inside if they removed their costumes.