A wedding magazine has apologized for rejecting a photographer’s ad that showed two women kissing.
“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,” Weddings Unveiledpublishers Brooke Thomas and Terri Irelandsaid in an online apology.
“We truly believe that all love is beautiful and that all people have the right to marry.”
The picture shows the two women dressed in black and white wedding gowns, with one of them giving the other a warm kiss in the nose. The ad was meant to promote Almasy’s photography studio.
According to a blog post on her website, Almasy, and Atlanta-based photographer, had a friend ask if there were any publications that would like to advertise to the gay community. Almasy was sure there were, but chose Weddings Unveiled because she wasn’t “trying to advertise to the gay community.”
“I'm advertising to couples who are getting married,” Almasy wrote in an open letter to the magazine. “This couple [in the ad] didn't get ‘gay married.’ They didn't have a ‘gay wedding.’ They got married. They had a wedding.”
Almasy said a Weddings Unveiled editor called her on Valentine’s Day and asked if there was another photograph that she would like to use in the ad. The editor said they didn’t feel comfortable publishing an ad featuring a same-sex couple, but it wasn’t their personal beliefs. When Almasy said no, the editor said she needed to have another conversation with her team and would call her back.
Almasy said the follow-up call was “unremarkable” and left her heartbroken.
“There was no further discussion,” Almasy wrote. “‘We haven’t even run your credit card yet,’ [the editor] said. ‘We can just move on without your ad. We’d still love to have you in the magazine, though, so let me know if you want to advertise in the future.’”
After the magazine apologized, Almasy took to the web again to express her gratitude.
“I hope you have recognized the vast community of support you will have for championing what is right and true,” she wrote in an update.
The magazine also offered Almasy to run the ad in the future if she would still like to.
In a phone interview, she told SFGN, “I couldn’t have imagined a better outcome, I’m looking forward to running the ad.”