Rainbow filters began to overlay Facebook profile photos over the weekend in response to the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.
But when Clinton Brentwood Lee, a St. Petersburg professional wedding photographer, showed his support of same-sex marriage on his business' Facebook page, one particular client did not receive the change warmly, according to BuzzFeed News
The client, a supporter of heterosexual marriages, said:
Greetings Brentwood. We would just like to inform you we will NOT be using your services for out [sic] wedding. My fiancé and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want our money going to places that supports [sic] otherwise. Secondly I would like to inquire about how we can get our retainer back from you. Thanks.
Lee then responded:
Wow, I’m not really sure what to say here. 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 that because you have a different view from us, but it’s because, since you don’t like or 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! If you’re not in favor of gay marriage that’s fine, don’t marry a woman.
Personally, I was taught not to judge others and to love everyone else. So I will try not to judge you here and say anything more as to my opinion of you.
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 retainer is nonrefundable.
But don’t you worry, I’m not going to keep it!
Because of this conversation, I have decided to donate your $1500 to GLAD [sic] [the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], a group created to help and support gay rights.
So let me be the first to say [redacted], thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause!
I couldn’t have done it without your money.
Sincerely and with Love, Brentwood Photography
Since Saturday, more than 83,000 people have liked Lee's post where he shared the exchange between himself and the disgruntled client.