The editors of an Australian bridal magazine claim they have been forced out of business as a result of an advertiser backlash after it refused to feature same-sex couples.
White Magazine founders Luke and Carla Burrell, a Christian couple, say their advertisers were targeted by a campaign, and couples who appeared in the magazine were subjected to online abuse.
Editors claim they were ‘fighting for love’
In a bizarre, and somewhat hypocritical farewell statement, the Burrells asked for tolerance and understanding, and said that they were “fighting for love”:
“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. We’re not about sides, we’re about love, patience and kindness.”
Photographer said magazine was happy to take ‘pink dollar’
Wedding photographer Lara Hotz, whose work has featured in the magazine, and is also in a same sex relationship told Triple J:
“It appears they are happy to take money, content and photographs from LGBTIQ advertisers and contributors, but are yet to support and represent us in the same way as heterosexual couples are represented in the magazine.”
Discrimination on basis of sexuality unlawful
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims said it is unlawful for a business to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexuality.
“You cannot treat someone differently, or less favourably, simply because they’re gay,” he said.
“In this case, the magazine made a business decision to not feature same-sex weddings, which is their choice, but they must then live with the commercial consequences of that decision, and if advertisers don’t want to be associated with such bigotry, then that’s their choice too, so the editors of the magazine can hardly complain.”
White Magazine was 12 years-old and according to its website, attracted an annual readership of 128,000.
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