Every picture tells a story, so they say.

But sometimes words are better.

Clinton Brentwood Lee, of Brentwood Photography, based in Florida, shared an exchange with a client on his Facebook page, which took place after he changed his profile picture to reflect his support for marriage equality.

In a landmark ruling last week, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the United States, with President Barack Obama describing it as “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt”.

Pink News reports that after affirming his support, Mr Lee was sent a message by a woman who had booked him to photograph her wedding.

She said: “My fiancé and and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want our money going to a place that supports otherwise.

I would like to inquire how we can get our retainer (deposit) back from you.”

Mr Lee responded: “I would say this disappoints me, but I actually find this to be a good thing because our company would now not like to work with you as well.

It’s not because you have a different view from us, but it’s because, since you don’t like and support gay marriage, no-one else should be able to have it.

That’s like me not liking broccoli, and demanding that everyone else in the world should not have broccoli either!”

He went on: “At Brentwood Photography we see love in all forms. Now, as far as your retainer goes, I hope you’ll read the first article in the contract you signed stating that this is non-refundable.

But don’t worry I’m not going to keep it!

I have decided to donate your $1500 to GLAAD, a group created to help and support gay rights.

So let me be the first to say thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause!”

We can certainly picture the woman’s reaction – certainly worth a thousand words!


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