INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis’ beauty salon owner and her husband were arrested Friday for allegedly posting anti -gay comments on social media, authorities said.
The owners of the Boca Raton-based Venus Beauty Salon, which opened in July, were charged with posting a message to social media that said “I have to go to jail for the actions I have taken to promote the LGBT community,” said Assistant State Attorney Daniel Tull.
The owner and husband, who live in the town of Southfield, posted the posts in July as they had the business open.
Tull said the posts violated a no-trespassing law.
“The posts were hateful and made the owner feel that she was violating her employer’s code of conduct, and that she needed to take steps to comply with the law,” Tull told The Associated Press.
Tull declined to identify the owners of Venus because he is not authorized to speak to the media about the case.
Venus has been the subject of numerous reports on social-media websites about the business.
The business has received death threats.
The owner of the salon did not immediately return a phone message left by AP.
Venuses owners Facebook page and Twitter account were suspended Thursday after it became known that the salon owner had made anti-LGBT comments on the social media platform.
In August, Tull charged the owners with harassment, intimidation and breach of the peace.
The salon owner was fired by the owners in December, and she has appealed the charges.
In the same post, the owners stated that they have received death and physical threats for the last year.
They said they will continue to advocate for LGBT rights.
The business has since opened a second location in Southfield.
Venues across the U.S. have been under heightened scrutiny in recent months for discriminatory policies.
The number of LGBT people arrested for hate crimes has jumped sharply in recent years.