Wedding magazine backtracks on lesbian ad
American wedding photographer Anne Almasy had bought an advertisement in the Weddings Unveiled magazine, and chose as her artwork a photograph of two brides kissing.
However, upon receiving the artwork, the magazine rang the photographer back, requesting that she substitute the photograph as they did not feel comfortable featuring a same-sex couple.
Ms Almasy said that she did not have any other suitable replacement, and in an open letter to Weddings Unveiled on her blog she wrote: "I don't shoot gay weddings or straight weddings, Christian weddings or Jewish weddings, good weddings or bad weddings. I photograph PEOPLE on their wedding day.
"I'm shaking because I'm so angry. I'm shaking because I'm so hurt. I'm shaking because I was so, so naive."
She then went on to say: "My heart breaks because you could not see that this couple's wedding portrait is every bit as beautiful as any other couple's.
"My heart breaks because you could not see beyond your fear, and into the warmer, brighter future that WE are responsible for building."
She also posted news of the magazine's refusal on Facebook and Twitter.
The following day the publishers of the magazine issued a formal apology.
"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," they wrote.
"We truly believe that all love is beautiful and that all people have the right to marry," they went on, saying that they had made their decision not to run with the ad for fear of offending some of their readers, and that they had acted out of "fear and uncertainty".
"We should have acted with our hearts," they wrote. "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."
Ms Almasy has accepted their offer.
"I cannot tell you how completely stunned, humbled and honoured I am that you took the time to truly read my letter," she wrote.
"I will gladly stand by you in this fight for equality and would be thrilled to move forward with this ad in Weddings Unveiled."