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Christian couple's wedding magazine closes after refusing to feature same-sex weddings

Mon 19 Nov 2018
By Eno Adeogun

One of Australia's leading wedding magazines has announced that it is being forced to shut down after advertisers punished them for refusing to feature same-sex couples.

The Christian couple that own White magazine made the claim in a blog post where they explained that the publication is no longer "economically viable".

Luke and Carla Burrell, who started the magazine twelve years ago continued: "Last year the Australian law was changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. Since then we have been asked repeatedly why our magazine had not yet featured all couples.

"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 Burrells said they had received a "flood of judgement" while some have "blindly demanded that we pick a side".

"The result has been that a number of advertisers withdrew their sponsorship out of fear of being judged, or in protest," the couple said.

The blog post divided opinion with some comments reflecting the judgement the couple said they had received.

One user commented: "You're obviously not only terrible business people but also just terrible people.Your advertisers are not stupid as they understand that reflecting what the majority of society supports is smart business. (it's also legally and ethically good). Stupidly, you both failed to listen to them. And you paid for that."

Another said: "That's got to be the most hypocritical piece of drivel I've ever read."

However, the Christian couple also received messages of support with someone commenting: "I support them 100 per cent. These hateful bullies who think they can force people into ACCEPTING & Believing the same things that they do is wrong. They are Christian! End of story."

Offering words of encouragement, another said: "To the owners, I don't know you - but may the closing of this mean that next will open: something bigger, something brighter. Don't let this attack get you down.

"Indeed - all things, including the horrible wicked things others have done, will be turned around for greater good. May God lead and bless you onto your next journey."

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