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Same-Sex Couple Suing Organization For Using Their Photo In Anti-Gay Political Ad!

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This is so awful and we totally hope this couple is granted justice!

Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere are suing an anti-gay group called Public Advocate of the United States because their private photo — featuring them kissing at their engagement party — was used in the hateful organization's homophobic political ad!

Public Advocate lifted the image from the New Jersey couple's website and featured it in an advertisement (above) attacking Republican Colorado State Senator Jean White for supporting gay unions.

The couple's lawyer calls the despicable act "nothing short of theft" and we can't help but agree!

Not only did the backwards organization not ask for permission to use the picture, but they didn't pay for it either.

Although we're sure the couple wouldn't accept ANY amount of money for their image to be used in such a derogatory manner, we bet they wish the photograph wasn't a tainted reminder of the intolerance that still pollutes this great country.

When commenting on the case, Edwards referred to the picture as a "defiled image" and explained:

"I cringe every time I look at what once was one of our favorite photos. All I see now is the defiled image used to attack our family and our community. All we want is justice for the pain that Public Advocate has caused us."

Privitere explained how he felt "ashamed" as a result of its misuse when he added:

"We are heartbroken that our images may have been seen by gay and lesbian youth in Colorado and were left feeling ashamed of their sexual orientation because of it. We hope that this group is held accountable for its reprehensible and hateful anti-gay attacks."

Even worse than their own feelings being hurt is how the ad may have hurt others. Privitere continued:

"This sort of thing has a trickle-down effect. I think of all the closeted gay high school students who got mail that day and felt disheartened that they would never have a family and the parents on the fence about whether to accept their gay child for who they are. That hurts."

So true! More people than just a senate candidate were hurt through this ignorant act.

The couple hopes to take advantage of their misfortune and educate the public by showing that gay couples "can and do have loving relationships."

On top of damages and attorney fees, Edwards and Privitere are seeking a court order stating that Public Advocate broke the law by using the photo without permission.

Good luck, guys!

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12 comments to “Same-Sex Couple Suing Organization For Using Their Photo In Anti-Gay Political Ad!”

  1. Kidchino says – reply to this


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    Didn't you rip people's photos off for years without permission? Don't u make a living copying and pasting other people's work and taking credit for it?

  2. Danielle says – reply to this


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    STFU BELOW!!!! This same sex pic is soooo beyond mean and racist. YES…. being homophobic is another form of racism, in 100 yrs our great grandchildren will look back on this htred like we do slavery today! Thanks u Perez for bringing this isueto light. (And haters r gonna hate- so do you 'boo' ;)



  3. 3

    Love how its ok if you find a dude fucking a horse or a goat or a hole in a tree disgusting but everyone is supposed to accept that fucking some dude in the same hole he takes a shit out of is not disgusting and if they don't that person is racist/homophobic/bla bla bla bla

    How bout you start acting like everyone is equal yourself before you start throwing stones.

  4. Ding Dong Donny says – reply to this


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    Looks like a very important part of this story is missing (surprise )
    The photograph was already out there, just like the two guys, it became public domain
    Just be thankful they did not use the Barney Frank kissing photo, now that would have been disgusting



  5. 5

    They do have the right to sue, I'd be pissed to but haha pot meet kettle

  6. kaseyCP says – reply to this


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    I have no problem with anyone gay, but I hope Romney wins the election so we can move passed all this gay stuff. I'm so sick and tired of hearing gay whine about every little scratch that happens to them. They want to be equal, yet beg for special treatment every step of the way. As for perez, you're a real piece of work. You make a living posting pictures of celebs who get their pics taken at their worst moments. You even knowingly post pictures that were illegally obtained from hacked computers (Scarlett Johannson). You are the very reason I can't stand the gay movement because you play both sides to everything every day. You're a real piece of work

  7. isabel cristina says – reply to this


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    if i was those dudes, i'd be like "sure we'll sell our picture" and use all the money to support jean white's campaign. that seems to me like the most reasonable eff-you to the man.

  8. CNN BULLETIN !! says – reply to this


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    WOLF BLITZNER REPORTING …

    CNN CAN NOW CONFIRM …THAT TOM THE FREAK HAS TAKEN BRIAN THE FREAK AS A SODOMY CONCUBINE …

    ZOO SAYS THE CONKS WILL HAVE THE HONEYMOON CAGE , ACCORDING TO MAGILLA GORILLA , ZOO INHABITANT ..

    BUT , WILL THEY SCARE THE OTHER ANINALS ???

    CNN WITH MONITOR THE BUGGERY AS IT UNFOLDS AS YOUR CRAP NEWS OF RECORD SOURCE .



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    Re: flergasfsdfasdf – so your comparing consenting adults to animals and trees. what a strange person you must be.



  10. 10

    Re: kaseyCP – was just wondering what is this "special" treatment gay people are "begging for" exactly? and do you really think if obama loses the election all of a sudden people will stop fighting for lgbt rights? you start out by saying you have no problem with gay people and then end by saying you can't stand the gay movement because perez apparently upsets you. it's not like anyone if forcing you to visit his blog. you sound like the one who is the real piece of work.

  11. kris says – reply to this


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    Re: Ding Dong Donny – wow. you're dumb. just because a photo is online, does not make it public domain.

  12. JadyJames says – reply to this


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    Sooo many of y'all are tripping right now. This sweet couple, in a tender moment, have had their photograph twisted around and used as a poster for a hate group in order to denounce and incite disgust in the very thing which they have taken so much joy in. It doesn't matter if they are two men, a woman and a man, or two dogs and a woman, they have no right to reproduce the image and certainly not to defame the image. The gay debate is something that I will leave to the Americans, I think it is something that will take the country as long as to surpass as slavery, but I hope it continues to improve.