I've been talking with a long-time wedding videographer who has done beautiful work for his clients for many years. He has made the painful decision to close up shop. Here is his story:
We operated a wedding videography business for many years. When we first entered the industry, we had no idea that one day we would have to close because of the increasing hostility towards Christians in this industry. It is sad where we arrived in this nation, but as a Christian I am hopeful since our Lord spoke of these dark days that lie ahead of us.
Before the Supreme Court decision, we were already making plans to exit the industry. We saw where things seemed to be headed. In 2011, One of the nation's largest wedding vendor websites fully embraced the homosexual wedding industry and partnered with a homosexual wedding vendor site. They added some new options on their site, that had vendors check a box as to whether or not they served homosexual weddings.
If we did not check this box, we would not show up on its sister site that specializes in these weddings, and this would make Christians an easy target. All a client would have to do is check if a vendor was on the sister site, and they would know whether or not you serve homosexual weddings.
Knowing this, during that year we started a new way of booking clients. Email only. Verify Only. We would research each client online and make sure they had some record of who they are that way we could verify it was a legitimate couple. If we could not verify, then we would not respond.
After the supreme court decision and with lawsuits in full swing. We knew that it was time for us to stop accepting weddings altogether and pursue a new job. Self Employed for many years it felt hopeless that I could secure a job, but three weeks later by Gods grace I found one.
To Christians listening: unfortunately, our time is limited in this industry as more and more vendor sites will make it mandatory for you to serve a homosexual wedding.
If you are thinking of pursuing another career, know that you are not alone in these difficult decisions. God is sovereign, and He has a purpose for everything. As hard as it was for us to close I know it is in His good purpose. I would like to end with this from James:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.