Australian wedding magazine shutting down after backlash for not including same-sex couples
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A top wedding magazine in Australia announced that it is shutting down after facing backlash for not representing same-sex couples.

The founders of “White” magazine, Luke and Carla Burrell, announced the closure in a post on their website.

The Christian couple said that they had been attacked online and that their advertisers withdrew their sponsorship of the publication after some contributors earlier this year claimed they were quietly refusing to feature same-sex marriages in the magazine.

“White Magazine has always been a secular publication, but as its publishers, we are Christian,” the Burrells said. “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.”

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The BBC reported that Lara Hotz, a gay photographer who shot covers for the magazine, joined the boycott against “White” and said she was “extremely hurt” by the publication’s exclusion of same-sex couples.

"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 said of the Burrells.

The couple said in their post they've received a “flood of judgement” online, and said that in addition to their loss of advertisers has made the publication not “economically viable.” 

“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,” the couple wrote. “We’re not about sides, we’re about love, patience and kindness.”

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Australia last December, after Parliament tried unsuccessfully nearly two dozen times since 2004.