Arielle and Shawnee McPhail
had just finished dining at the Stingray Cafe
in New Bern on December 4 when owner Ed McGovern handed them a letter. It read:
"God said in the last days that man and women (sic) would have unnataurl (sic) effection (sic) for one another. Then the comming (sic) of the son of man who is Jesus. So please look at your life see how it hurt (sic) every one (sic) around your (sic). And ask the Lord to open your eye (sic). Before it to (sic) late. The love of Christ. P.S. My daugther also was gay. It destroy (sic) her life and my grandson."
WCTI contacted McGovern, who confirmed that he indeed passed the letter to the couple, as well as another lesbian couple in the past. The restaurant owner said he objected to the McPhails kissing outside his restaurant, something they denied doing.
"First of all, we didn't kiss. We don't kiss in public. We were holding hands," Shawnee told WCTI. "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.'"
McGovern insisted that he wrote the letter "out of love."
Yelpers have been showing their "love" for McGovern by posting 1-star reviews
-- the lowest possible-- on the popular review site. Some reviews ironically noted that the Stingray Cafe serves shellfish, the eating of which is considered an abomination
by the same part of the Old Testament that condemns homosexuality.
The McPhails tied the knot in Washington, DC which, along with eight states, has legalized same-sex marriage. But they live in North Carolina, where such unions are prohibited
under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters last year.