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Gay Couple Suing Over GOP Political Mailer

Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere, a gay couple from New Jersey, are suing Public Advocate of the United States, after the couple recent discovery that the bigoted group used their loving photo for their disguting scheme of a GOP political mailer in June. The pic was altered asking it’s demographic “State Senator Jean White’s Idea of ‘Family Values?'” So basically it was used to incite the anti-gay anti-marriage equality vote.

Here’s further elaboration of the story:

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday issued a release announcing its plans to take legal action, saying Public Advocate of the United States “used the couple’s personal engagement photo without permission and altered the image to include anti-gay propaganda.”

The law center declined to comment further but said it would issue statements during a news conference Wednesday in front the federal courthouse in Denver. It wasn’t immediately clear what relief the couple is seeking.

Edwards and Privetere didn’t immediately return a message. Law center spokeswoman Apreill Hartsfield said the two also would comment Wednesday.

The photographer who took the photo is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The couple also is suing over a Public Advocate mailer that used the same photo in another northern Colorado state legislative race. That race involved a Republican candidate who was not in the Legislature when civil unions were considered.

The mailer, which changed the New York background to Colorado plains, used the couple’s photo with the caption: “Jeffrey Hare’s vision for Weld County?” Hare also lost his primary.

Civil unions were among the most contentious proposals considered by state lawmakers this year. A bill that would have let Colorado couples enter civil unions passed the Democratic-controlled Senate but was defeated in the Republican-led House with a GOP filibuster. Republicans have a 33-32 advantage in the House, but Democrats said enough GOP lawmakers supported the bill to send it to the governor if there was a full House vote.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper supported the legislation.

The measure would have granted gay couples rights similar to those of married couples, including letting partners make medical decisions for each other. The protections also would enhance parental and inheritance rights.

Republicans argued gay couples already have some of the rights they are seeking, and said the bill was too similar to traditional marriage.

Just goes to show how low the extreme GOPers will go.


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