Remember when gay marriage was all about liberty and equality? It seems like a long time ago indeed:
One of Australia’s leading wedding magazines, White, is shutting down following its refusal to feature same-sex weddings.
Founders Luke and Carla Burrell, who are Christian, say the magazine became the target of a damaging campaign after Australia voted to legalise same-sex marriage last year, and a number of advertisers withdrew their support.
Earlier this year, hundreds of wedding industry professionals boycotted the magazine over its lack of LGBTQI diversity.
I suppose there’s no government involvement so it’s just people voting with their wallets, as is their right. It’s all a bit puritan, though:
The couple said they did not want to “create a social, political or legal war” that would only divide people and do “more damage than good”.
But they said they received a “flood of judgement” and were not given enough time or space to work through their thoughts and feelings.
“It’s a long and continuing journey, it’s not black and white, there are so many grey areas that need to be explored.”
Gay marriage has gone from a fringe issue which no mainstream politician would risk their neck to endorse to one where businesses are being closed down because their owners don’t agree with it, all in the space of a decade.
Former contributors told Hack in August they did not want to force the magazine to publish same-sex weddings, but only to make their views clear.
And if those views differed from yours, you’d boycott them. I have a feeling that, when the battle lines really start to get drawn up and serious civil unrest beckons, a lot of people will consider the issue of gay marriage when choosing sides. The way it’s been brought in, and subsequently used as a political tool, seems to have hacked off a lot of people who aren’t saying much, but the murmurings are there.