A California couple who run a photography business is closing their doors rather than shooting same-sex wedding ceremonies.
Nang and Chris Mai say they want to honor God and will no longer be offering photography services at their Novato, California business.
"[W]e have come to a difficult decision that we will no longer be in the wedding photography business," the couple wrote on their website. "We are grateful for this experience as it has caused us to think about how our personal beliefs intersect with our business practices."
The announcement comes after a San Francisco man posted a comment on the company’s Facebook page saying that the company, Urloved Photography, refused to photograph him and his partner. Instead, Mai referred them to another photographer.
The company was then flooded with threats and hate calls.
"As wedding photographers, we directly take part in capturing a couple's love and commitment for each other. We take the medical doctor stance of if we were emergency room doctors, we would want to give our best to anybody that comes through our door. It is not photographing a couple who have different personal beliefs that we have difficulty with. We genuinely felt referring this couple to a photographer who does share their personal beliefs would provide them with the best service for their special day. We wanted to connect them with someone who did share their personal beliefs so that they could give them the service quality they deserve."
Publication date: November 21, 2014