A gay couple and the photographer who shot their engagement picture are expected to file suit Wednesday over the use of the shot in two anti-gay campaign mailers in Colorado’s primary election.
The Associated Press reports:
A gay couple from New Jersey is suing a group that used their engagement photo in an attack mailer against a Republican Colorado state lawmaker who supported civil unions this year.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said it will file a federal lawsuit against the Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States on behalf of the couple Wednesday. In the photo, Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere hold hands while facing each other and kissing with a New York City skyline as a backdrop.
The photo was used in mailers in a June primary election involving Sen. Jean White, one of a handful of Republicans who supported a civil unions bill that was blocked in the state House. The mailer, which replaced the Manhattan skyline with a snowy background, read: “State Senator Jean White’s Idea of ‘Family Values?’”
White lost the primary against a fellow Republican in a northwestern Colorado district.
Public Advocate of the United States did not respond to two emails seeking comment.
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