Last week, the United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the states (and Puerto Rico), citing marriage as a constitutional right. People across the nation rejoiced and rainbows were literally popping up everywhere.
Among the supporters of the ruling is Brentwood Photography, a business located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The owner, Clinton Brentwood Lee, posted the below image featuring a gay, lesbian and straight couple that read: "All we see is love."
But one of his clients wasn't too happy about that. The person, who had already paid Lee a retainer fee, sent him a message that read as follows (with typos and all):
"Greetings Brentwood. We would just like to inform you that we will NOT be using your services for out wedding. My fiance and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don't want to our money going to places that supports otherwise. Secondly I would like to inquire about how we can get our retainer back from you. Thank you."
The phrase goes "The customer is always right," but the photographer behind Brentwood would beg to differ.
Instead of apologizing for supporting people's constitutional right to marry who they wish, he responded with nothing but love and a little well-meaning (and totally legal) revenge.
"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," the response reads. "It's not because you have a different view from us but because, since you don't like and support gay marriage, no one else should be able to have it."
But it doesn't end there.
Lee then cites the part in their contract which states retainer fees are non-refundable. Instead of keeping that money within the company, he told the client that he donated their non-refundable money to GLAAD, a group that supports equal rights for the LGBT community, instead.
Find Brentwood's screenshot of the full exchange below:
Still, Brentwood Photography wasn't finished with their lesson on love and acceptance.
"Hey everyone. Just a thought: You don't need to call me the 'Gay wedding photographer' or 'the photographer who shoots Gay weddings.' It's simple. I SHOOT WEDDINGS," Lee wrote in a post from yesterday.
Indeed. Love wins, again.