A leading Australasian wedding magazine is to shut down after refusing to include same-sex weddings.
White magazine has been boycotted by numerous wedding industry professionals due to the decision to exclude LGBTI relationships.
‘Recently we’ve experienced a flood of judgement,’ the founders said in a blog post.
Luke and Carla Burrell who are devote Christians, added that the magazine is ‘no longer economically viable,’ due to advertisers withdrawing their support.
White, which has been in circulation for 12-years, experienced backlash earlier this year after a former contributor called out the editors decision to not to include same-sex marriages.
Wedding photographer Lara Hotz said the magazine’s decision left her feeling ‘extremely hurt’
‘It appears they are happy to take money, content and photographs from LGBTQI advertisers and contributors, but are yet to support and represent us in the same way as heterosexual couples are represented in the magazine,’ Hotz told Australian radio show, Hack.
‘I imagine the majority of LGBTQI persons would be feeling hurt regarding not being represented equally or at all.’
Defending their choice, the founders said that the magazine said their decision was based on their beliefs.
‘Like many people, we have had to reflect on our beliefs, not to judge ourselves or others, but to intentionally make space for new conversations,’ the couple said.
‘Our greatest mandate is to love and the biggest question we’ve continued to ask ourselves throughout it is, how do we best love?
‘White Magazine has always been a secular publication, but as its publishers, we are Christian. We have no agenda but to love,’
The founders added that a ‘campaign was launched targeting the magazine, our team and our advertisers,’ and that ‘couples who have featured in our magazine have also been the subject of online abuse despite their individual beliefs’.
Australia voted to legalize same-sex marriages in late 2017 following a postal survey was conducted to gauge the country’s support for marriage equality.
61% of respondents confirmed that they were in support legalizing same-sex marriage following a divisive campaign.
Activists involved in the campaign to legalize same sex marriage celebrated the one-year anniversary of their victory earlier this week.