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A Michigan mother is devastated over missing the most important day in her son’s life when church officials refused to allow her to enter alongside her service dog.
Michigan mom, Mary Douglas is blaming the Quincy church where her son’s wedding was held for causing her to miss the big day.
Douglas, who relies on her service dog, Stella, after a traumatic incident in Quincy led to PTSD, said going to the same city where the trauma occurred would not have been possible without Stella by her side.
Pastor Robert Montgomery said the church has had a ‘no-animals’ policy in place for months and believes Douglas still could have been there for her son.
Just last week, a Georgia woman was sent to the back pew of her church because of her service dog, bringing to light the fact that churches are exempt from the ADA laws that grant service dogs access anywhere their handler goes.
However, because the church was hosting a wedding, Douglas says it’s considered a public event and that ADA laws become applicable. She’s filed a civil rights complaint with the state’s Department of Civil Rights pursuant to the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Act.