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Gay couple sues after receiving Satan pamphlets instead of wedding program

Andrew Borg, left, and Stephen Heasley

Vistaprint faces a lawsuit Tuesday after a gay couple allegedly received homophobic pamphlets instead of the 100 wedding programs they had originally ordered. 

Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg, who wed September 2017 in Philadelphia, sought legal representation after receiving 80 pamphlets that read: "Satan entices your flesh with evil desires," according to the New York Daily News. The lawsuit claims that there was a breach of contract and that the couple has suffered emotional pain upon receiving the "anti-gay" pamphlets.

"Rather than send Plaintiffs the custom wedding programs they had purchased, Vistaprint instead sent Plaintiffs literature with hateful, discriminatory and anti-gay messages equating their relationship to Satan's temptation," the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Massachusetts read, according to NBC News

The couple, who currently reside in Australia, also aim to hold Vistaprint accountable for its apparent actions as a way to "help prevent this from happening to someone else."
Trynka Shineman, Vistaprint's CEO, and Robert Keane, the printing company's founder, released a joint statement Wednesday to Vistaprint's website. In addressing the incident at hand, the pair claimed to be "incredibly saddened" upon learning of the gay couple's story. 

"We share in this couple's outrage. Vistaprint in no way condones — and does not tolerate — discrimination against any of our customers based on their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation," the statement read. "We have encouraged members of the LGBTQ community to use our services to help celebrate their life events for many years, and have published thousands of wedding invitations, programs and other content for same-sex couples." 

Vistaprint confirmed it is conducting an internal investigation following the couple's allegations. 

"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," Sara Nash, a Vistaprint spokesperson, told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Vistaprint claimed it would not provide further comment until its internal investigation has been completed. 

Vistaprint is a part of Cimpress, a Dutch printing company. The company's printing error goes against its pledge to ensure its customers are "100% happy with their order." However, Vistaprint claims on its website that it intends to "make it right" if customers are left unsatisfied.

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