White Magazine, an Australian wedding magazine, has shut down after facing repercussions for not including same-sex couples in the publication.
Founders Luke and Carla Burrell announced in a blog post that White Magazine would be shutting down after 12 years.
“White Magazine has always been a secular publication, but as its publishers, we are Christian. We have no agenda but to love. We have no desire to create a social, political or legal war, which only divides people further and does more damage than good. To us, our faith is anchored in love without judgement,” the post reads.
According to the publishers, activists were unhappy the publication wouldn’t include same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Australia in December.
“A campaign was launched targeting the magazine, our team and our advertisers. Couples who have featured in our magazine have also been the subject of online abuse despite their individual beliefs. We’re really saddened by this,” the post continues. “The result has been that a number of advertisers withdrew their sponsorship out of fear of being judged, or in protest. We have had to recognise the reality that White Magazine is no longer economically viable.”
Lara Hotz, a gay photographer, was one of the boycotters.
“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 BBC News.