Marin photogs close business rather than fire same-sex weddings

Confronted over their preference not to take cinema during same-sex weddings, a Bay Area photography association opted to henceforth put on a lens caps and close a doors, according to a matter posted on a company’s website.

Urloved photography, a San Rafael husband-and-wife team, pronounced it had recently referred a San Francisco happy integrate to another photographer for their matrimony photos since they “have opposite personal beliefs that we have problem with.”

“We honestly felt referring this integrate to a photographer who does share their personal beliefs would yield them with a best use for their special day,” a matter on urlovedphotography.com reads.

The occurrence is usually a latest of dozens of new inhabitant disputes between happy couples and businesses who repudiate use while claiming personal or eremite freedom.

Last year in Oregon, a lesbian integrate filed a taste censure opposite a Portland-area bakery that refused to make them a matrimony cake. In Iowa, a same-sex integrate was denied a matrimony venue since of a owner’s eremite beliefs, KCCI-TV reported.


California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, that provides insurance opposite taste formed on passionate orientation, states that “all persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments, including both private and open entities.”

After being incited divided by Urloved, one of a men, who asked to not be named, took a quarrel to Facebook.

“Great shots though this association denied me and my fiance, a same-sex couple, from their services. Stand adult and contend something about it,” he wrote Nov. 4 on one of a company’s postings.

The business owners, Nang and Chris Mai, apologized to a couple, afterwards sealed adult emporium after they pronounced they were bombarded with nasty calls and e-mails.

“We have been flooded with hatred calls, e-mails and accusations that inaccurately etch a business,” a integrate wrote. “On tip of that we have come to a formidable preference that we will no longer be in a matrimony photography business.”

The integrate did not lapse phone calls Monday.

Meanwhile, a San Francisco integrate asked supporters to behind off a angry digital bombardment.

“(We) cruise this emanate resolved and would titillate we to stop posting on their FB page, Yelp, and any other amicable media site,” one of a group wrote on Nov. 7 on Facebook. “Our friends, family, and a LGBT community/allies have all been amazingly understanding and active in assisting to move this matter to light. We contingency honour that Nang and Chris have confirm to close down their business since of their beliefs. we wish a outcome could have been opposite though it is what it is.”

Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: esernoffsky@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky

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