Wedding Mag That Refused To Feature Same-Sex Couples Pleads For Love And Understanding
The editors of a wedding magazine that is closing down due to its unwillingness to feature same-sex couples have released a tearful video calling for... love?
White Magazine has announced it is closing down after 12 years in business, following backlash to its anti-same-sex marriage stance.
The publication had declined to feature same-sex wedding material in its pages.
Founders Luke and Carla Burrell, a Christian couple, claimed the magazine was "no longer viable" after advertisers pulled spending.
In a slick video posted to the website, Luke and Carla tearfully claimed without a hint of irony that they were "fighting for love".
"When the plebiscite happened, everybody was putting up their support of the campaign, and supporting same-sex marriage," said an emotional Carla.
"We started getting messages then -- 'You're the only magazine in Australia that's not showing your support, c'mon guys, jump on board, move forward with 2018'. But then there was always something that stopped us."
Luke said that he understands how people found it "hurtful" or "unfair" for White Magazine to exclude same-sex couples, and it caused him emotional pain.
"We don't want anyone to feel that way," he said.
But the couple also claimed discussion in society was being "restricted" in the wake of the marriage equality reforms.
The one-year anniversary of the 'yes' vote passed earlier this week, bringing with it painful memories of a fraught time for the LGBTIQ community -- despite an ultimately successful outcome.
Wedding photographer Lara Hotz, whose work has been featured in the magazine and is also in a same-sex relationship, raised awareness of the magazine's exclusion of queer couples earlier this year.
When the magazine told her in August that it would not feature same-sex couples "at this time", she said she believed it was only ethical that contributors, advertisers and customers be aware of this fact before choosing to support it.
"It appears they are happy to take money, content and photographs from LGBTQI advertisers and contributors, but are yet to support and represent us in the same way as heterosexual couples are represented in the magazine," she told Triple J.
One advertiser told AAP she challenged the magazine to have a trial period of diversity, while another said she pulled advertising because it didn't feel right.
Meanwhile, Luke and Carla remain adamant that they were never about picking a side.
"Instead of allowing us the space to work through our thoughts and feelings, or being willing to engage in brave conversations to really hear each other’s stories, some have just blindly demanded that we pick a side," their farewell notice said.
"We’re not about sides, we’re about love, patience and kindness."
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