Wedding mag forced to publish lesbian bride advert

Wedding magazine rejected a picture of a lesbian couple but after the story went viral, they agreed to host the advert

Wedding mag forced to publish lesbian bride advert
18 February 2013

A wedding magazine that rejected a beautiful picture of lesbian brides from their pages has now been forced to reconsider.  

Atlanta-based photographer Anne Almasy wanted her first print ad to show off her ‘heart for photographing these momentous (and often wonderfully ridiculous) celebrations.’

For US-based Weddings Unveiled, she chose a picture of a lesbian couple smiling as their lips are coming closer together for a kiss.

In her blog, Almasy described how the editors asked if she could use a different photograph.

‘We just don’t feel comfortable publishing an ad featuring a same-sex couple. These aren’t our personal beliefs, of course, but you know…’ they said.

Almasy described how she was heartbroken by the response, and refused to give the magazine another picture.

‘I don’t shoot gay weddings or straight weddings, Christian weddings or Jewish weddings, good weddings or bad weddings,’ Almasy said. ‘I photograph PEOPLE on their wedding day.’

The owners behind Weddings Unveiled, Terri and Brooke, have now published an apology.

‘When we were faced with the decision of whether or not to publish Anne Almasy’s advertisement, we acted in a manner that does not reflect our personal beliefs,’ they wrote.

‘We knew that it was possible that people would be offended if we published the ad and we knew that it was possible that people would be offended if we did not.

‘We are so sorry that we acted out of fear and uncertainty. We had never been faced with such a decision and we should have acted with our hearts.’

They added: ‘We are so sorry that we have disappointed you and we ask for your forgiveness.

‘If Anne would still like to run her ad in Weddings Unveiled, then we would be proud to publish it.’

Almasy accepted the offer, saying: ‘I will gladly stand with you in this fight for equality, and would be thrilled to move forward with this ad in Weddings Unveiled.’



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