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The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA.
The Abbey, one of West Hollywood's most well-known establishments, announced Thursday it will be banning the "offensive heterosexual tradition" of bachelorette parties until marriage is legal "everywhere for everyone," according to the official press release.
"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,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey.
The Abbey is taking a stand against a practice it says, "flaunts marriage inequality in the face of gays and lesbians," and as a sign of solidarity "on the heels of a ban on Gay Marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the south," according to the statement.
"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."
The Abbey, called "The Best Gay Bar in the World" by MTV's Logo, says its policy is to deny admission to costumed groups. Bachelorette parties had previously been allowed inside if they removed their "regalia."
Tune in to the Patt Morrison Show to hear The Abbey founder David Cooley discuss the bachelorette party boycott at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 25.
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