Marriage Equality

Wedding Photographer Fired By Client For Supporting Gay Marriage. His Epic Response May Just Bring Him More Gigs!

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When the U.S. Supreme Court approved the legalization of gay marriage, numerous people and businesses of all forms and sectors showed their happiness and utmost support over the decision online.

Some websites released articles and blog posts honoring the marriage equality and numerous profile photos on Facebook becomes rainbow-colored suddenly.

But not all people are happy about it.

There are some who has a very different point of view about it.

This is what transpired to the case of a photographer in Florida who lost a client after he showed his support online for marriage equality.

When Clinton Brentwood Lee of Brentwood Photography changed his Facebook profile picture and cover photo to show his support at the historical decision, a client immediately messaged him.

Brentwood Photography Facebook Page

According to Lee, a client contacted him to say that they would no longer be “using [his] services” for their upcoming wedding.

“My fiancé and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want to our money going to places that supports otherwise [sic],” the client allegedly wrote.

Lee then publicly shared a screenshot of his response to that client (at his Facebook business page) with the caption: “Lost a client for supporting gay marriage.

But that’s ok! We love everyone, even this now former client who may not have liked our reply. Lol.”

Here’s Brentwood Photography full’s reply that is also posted via their Instagram account:

The business reply heard ’round the world! Lol I hope in the scheme of life this isn’t the one thing I am known for but I am happy I took a stand.

The only thing I wish I had changed on this photo screen shot is where it says I support “Gay Marriage”. While I 100% do, I wish I had just said that I support marriage opportunity for all.

We shouldn’t have to call it “gay marriage” like it is something different.

It’s just marriage. Like it is between a man or a woman or a black person and a white person.

Ever person on this planet deserves their own happy ever after, even if it is different from your view of it.

Don’t like “gay marriage” that’s cool, don’t get “gay married”! But don’t try to stop a company who believes everyone deserves to be happy.

PLEASE NOTE: Yes I realize I could have handled this differently or more professionally, but I have always been known to be an artist with freely expressed feelings and my uniqueness.

I will never stop being me. I will continue to love everyone. #loveislove #love #marriage #lgbt #glad #lovewins #standup #pride #istandwithyou #kcco www.BrentwoodPhotography.com

A photo posted by Brentwood Photography (@brentwoodphotography) on

Not all people are surely pleased with the photographer’s reply.

According to Lee, he already received few hundreds of messages wherein 90 percent shows words of encouragement and support while 10 percent are personally attacking him because of his gay marriage support.

What’s your opinion about this? Do you think what he did is just right?






27 Comments

  1. Elizabeth O.

    July 1, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I think he did the right thing. Well, I respect the client’s view about same sex marriage, but what he did was very discriminating.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    July 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

    This day in age I find it so hard to believe that anyone would not support equal rights. Many people have a long way to go.

  3. ceemee

    July 1, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I don’t know how the photographer’s support of gay marriage could affect the quality of his work. I guess same-sex couples would get him for their weddings.

  4. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    July 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I think we all need to put our prejudices behind us because times are changing and gay people are just like us. They have families, they go to church, they are productive members of society and they love. My brother has a partner and I feel like it’s his choice to live life in the way he feels is right for him.

  5. Liz Mays

    July 2, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I like that broccoli analogy they used. Equality is the answer! I just don’t get how people are so discriminatory.

  6. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    July 2, 2015 at 2:56 am

    This is such a hot topic right now. Everybody has their opinion! Thanks for sharing this and staying with the current topics!

  7. Nicci

    July 2, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I think people have a right to choose to follow their beliefs and back up their beliefs with their wallets. On the other side of this equation are the photographers and cake bakers who were sued and lost their jobs because they did not want to work for gay couples due to religious reasons. Tolerance needs to go both ways.

  8. Lauren Harmon

    July 2, 2015 at 4:31 am

    That’s awesome for the photographer, I totally support the idea of standing behind what you believe in AND I also support equality for all. 🙂

  9. Jennifer Pritchard

    July 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wow. I love everything about the response of this photographer. It’s unfortunate there are people like his client out there.

  10. Carly Brydon

    July 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the photographer’s response! It’s sad that people disagree with equal rights. We all deserve to be happy and be married to who makes us happy if we want.

  11. R U S S

    July 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Well, the customer may not always be right. I totally am on the same page as Ceemee – photography skills don’t really have anything to do with what he supports. Good job for the photographer for standing up for what he believes in.

  12. Keianna

    July 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t even know what to say except for the fact that people have the right to believe what they want to believe despite popular opinion. And people have the right to live out their rights with their money however they see fit… It’s sad that this whole debate takes up so much our our mind space. Ugh.

  13. Fariha N.

    July 2, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I think he did the right thing. There is too much hatred in this world. People should be more loving.

  14. Jeana B.

    July 3, 2015 at 1:40 am

    We should just respect each other regardless of our beliefs. Otherwise, we would be like terrorists.

  15. Beth

    July 3, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Yeah, I read this story a few days ago. I’m glad he stood up for what he believed in.

  16. April G

    July 3, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I don’t understand why a client would fire a photographer for accepting gay clients. Whether or not you believe, the photographer has a right to make a living. Their firing is a showing of hatred and not Christian-like at all.

  17. Kendra

    July 3, 2015 at 3:56 am

    The photographer’s views wouldn’t have changed his work the least bit.

  18. Melgie

    July 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Its seems like almost everything nowadays is personal. It’s shocking, how other reacted and how other feels but I don’t think it should be that way though.
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  19. Tondo Girl

    July 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I do support LGBT and I just love the reply of Brentwood Photography. With regards to this, all we need is just a little respect. Love wins, and everybody deserves to be happy.

  20. Erin Kennedy

    July 5, 2015 at 4:32 am

    I personally love his response. I love the broccoli analogy. Thanks for sharing this. I haven’t read this before. Love it!

  21. Dominique Goh

    July 6, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I read this story over the internet. I’m personally not for LGBT however it’s okay not to accept such a client.

  22. Shelly

    July 7, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Well, to each his own. I wouldn’t fire a photographer just because he’s supporting gay marriage. One word: respect.

  23. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    July 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

    What a reply! I support equality among genders and I believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved by whoever we choose.

  24. Marie Bulatao

    July 9, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I am all for equal rights. the couple erred in firing the photographer just because of what he supports

  25. theresa

    July 9, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I know we all need a little respect so I guess I won’t talk about what side I’m in into this gay marriage thing. But I think you already have a hint.

  26. Lai Gamboa

    August 5, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    That was very discriminating, I love how the photography company handles situations like this.

  27. JanzCrystalz/January

    August 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    If I am the client, I don’t mind about the photographer’s views about gay marriage what I want from him is his services his artistry and not his beliefs.