Magazine censored at Brookfield grocery store over cover

BROOKFIELD (WITI) -- The most recent issue of Milwaukee Magazine is being censored by one area Sendik's store -- simply because of the photo on the cover.

The shot features two women, both wearing wedding gowns, with their foreheads touching and one woman's hands on the other woman's waist. After at least one complaint, Sendik's in Brookfield decided to place a blackboard in front of the magazine.

The March issue of Milwaukee Magazine covers same-sex marriage.

"We were sort of expecting some controversy with this cover," said Abby Callard with Milwaukee Magazine.. "Right away you see, these are two brides getting married at the Milwaukee Art Museum."

The issue hit store shelves and Callard got a call Tuesday, March 11th that the Brookefield Sendik's store had censored the magazine cover.

The store tells FOX6 the decision was made after receiving a customer complaint. A manager says it is store policy to place blackboards over any magazine reported as inappropriate.

"I don't know why anyone would see an image of two women in wedding dresses on the cover of a magazine as offensive or objectionable," said Kurt Chandler, editor of Milwaukee Magazine.

Sendik's has since removed the blackboard after push-back from other customers.

"It's kind of created an interesting conversation around the issue, which is always good," said Callard. "There is legalized same-sex marriage for a lot of states, but it's still a really big issue for a lot of people and I think this sort of shows that."

Sendik's says in the past it has covered up issues of Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan. Management maintains the policy is to cover any magazines drawing even one complaint.