A wedding photographer from Florida recently found himself out of a job when a bride-to-be fired him upon learning he supported gay marriage. But fortunately, the story doesn’t end there.
Clinton Brentwood Lee, owner of Brentwood Photography in Saint Petersburg, FL, received a text message from a client after she went on his went on his website and discovered that he had photographed same-sex wedding ceremonies.
“Greetings Brentwood,” the text began. “We would just like to inform you that we will NOT be using your services for our wedding.”
The text continued: “My fiance and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want our money going to places that support otherwise.”
The bride then asked for the $1,500 non-refundable deposit she initially put down to be returned.
But Brentwood didn’t let that get the best of him.
Instead, he replied:
“Wow, I’m really not 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 not not like to work with you as well.”
He continued: “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 worry, I’m not going to keep it!”
Instead, Brentwood says, “I have decided to donate your $1,500 to GLADD, a group created to help and support gay rights.”
“Let me be the first to say thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause,” his response concluded. “I couldn’t have done it without your money.”
See the full exchange below.