Weddings Unveiled Magazine sent out a public apology to their readers after rejecting photographer Anne Almasy’s wedding photography ad because it included two brides kissing.
Almasy posted the magazine’s initial reaction to the proposed ad on her website:
Is there possibly another photograph you’d like to use in your ad? 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…
Almasy claims she shook in anger as she wrote her response to the magazine, and included her shock and disbelief that a publication she had admired and thought to be open minded acted in such a discriminatory way.
Weddings Unveiled quickly responded and retracted their decision of not running the ad.
“We are incredibly sad that same sex-marriage is still an issue in our society,” publishers Terri and Brooke wrote on their blog. “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. We truly believe that all love is beautiful and that all people have the right to marry.”
The magazine offered to “proudly” run the ad, and Almasy accepted.
The Atlanta based photographer said that when picking the photo, she wanted something that would stick out, and chose the lesbian couple over a photo of a bride and her father. “The photo was such a sweet moment and genuine,” she said. “I thought we were living in this awesome, live and let live place in where people in media and the arts have moved passed homophobia.”
Almasy said that she felt really “dumb and foolish” that people still reacted this way. Her husband, who helped design the ad, was also shocked. It didn’t even occur to him that the publication wouldn’t approve of the photo.
The two women featured in the ad are on vacation in Finland, but have been keeping up with the incident. They approve and support Almasy on her decision to write and publish the letter on her site.
There is no set date on when the ad will be in the magazine, but Almasy said it should be by the end of March or early April. It will be the first photo in the magazine that includes a same-sex couple.