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'Weddings Unveiled' Magazine Rejects, Then Accepts Ad from Photographer Featuring Gay Wedding

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Wedding photographer Anne Almasy submitted the above photo as an ad in Weddings Unveiled magazine. She received the following reply:

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…

After some outcry (things can happen quickly when outrage catches fire), the magazine has relented. Their latest reply.

We are Terri and Brooke, the publishers of Weddings Unveiled Magazine. We hope that you will allow us the opportunity to address an important issue that has angered and disappointed many people. We are incredibly sad that same sex marriage is still an issue in our society. 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. You might ask that if we feel that way, then why did we make this decision? Honestly, we knew that everyone would not share our belief that all people have the right to marry. The issue is very sensitive and it is also very divided. 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.

We are two women who operate a small business that we care deeply about. We love all weddings. We love all people and would never want to anger, offend or disappoint anyone. We are deeply moved by the outpouring of love and support for Anne. 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.

Read the full ordeal here.

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  1. Bravo !!!!! Finally an apology that is actually a REAL apology. None of the standard crap about those who may have been offended. An actual explanation that was the TRUTH instead of claiming that they were misinterpreted.

    This is how an apology is done. Again, BRAVO !!!!

    Posted by: anonymous | Feb 18, 2013 8:45:52 AM


  2. How about publishing it free for your cowardice!?

    Posted by: WCT | Feb 18, 2013 8:45:58 AM


  3. That is as sincere an apology as I've ever read. Good for them. I think we can forgive....

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 18, 2013 8:59:42 AM


  4. Is it really even that controversial anymore? Truthfully, I don't care for that particular photo. But, kudos for recognizing a misstep and unequivocally correcting it.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 18, 2013 9:17:31 AM


  5. Are we to assume the brides intend to serve free-trade coffee at the reception?

    Awful photo. Stupid editorial decision. Nice apology.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 18, 2013 9:46:14 AM


  6. I dont think this magazine should be verbally attacked ... Not all gay-rights allies know how to be advocates. It's hard navigating the waters. I am glad to read they apologized and are supporters of all people.

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 18, 2013 10:35:12 AM


  7. What a crock! The magazine showed their ass and then decided that it really wasn't all that bad to run the photo! The mag ought to be rejected by any readership they may have.

    Posted by: LOL | Feb 18, 2013 10:46:43 AM


  8. that's great. (but that IS the worst wedding photo i've ever seen).

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 18, 2013 11:37:17 AM


  9. Amazing that a wedding magazine hasn't figured out that they will have to develop a policy regarding SSM. I hope all the other ones know that they have to.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 18, 2013 11:50:14 AM


  10. Yes, the magazine showed their cards in terms of being cowards when forced in a tough position but they quickly changed paths and realized the error of their ways and realized their decision was hurtful to so many. That's a good thing. I don't blame them, because when you're forced into this fight without knowing what to do and the true depths of hate that ANYONE who stands up for gay rights face, let alone people who are actually gay ourselves, you can be frightened and intimidated and want the drama to simply go away.

    Part of life is realizing we all make mistakes and bettering ourselves after accepting the mistakes we make. So good on WU magazine, but especially, three cheers to Anne Almasy, she's incredibly awesome!

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 18, 2013 1:38:12 PM


  11. Honey we LGBT people need to start making our own wedding mags and rags and everything, there is millions of dollars in that stuff. Just do it.

    Posted by: Honey | Feb 18, 2013 4:39:16 PM


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