Heading to voters' mailboxes to be demonized and used against a civil unions advocate is not our idea of a happy honeymoon. Unfortunately for Brian and Tom, recently married in New York, that's exactly what happened to one of the most moving pictures from their Big Day, courtesy of a conservative hate group.
The image, Photoshopped to high heaven hell by SPLC-certified hate group Public Advocate of the United States, is currently being mailed out across Colorado in an attack ad against Sen. Jean White, who supports civil unions.
Writes Brian about the theft of this cherished moment:
[The original picture] is a reminder of the happiness I felt the day he proposed to me and of the excitement I had all throughout our engagement. It represents hope and it represents love. Or at least it did…
Now I see it faded and brown with a big red, blood-emulating slash across our bodies. It cuts us in half just below our hearts. How do I feel?
I’m in shock and I’m angry and I’m hurt and I’m flabbergasted and I’m livid.
...I can’t help but feel the need to warn other LGBT couples that hey, even after you overcome your fears of coming out to your families and friends and coworkers; even after you graduate and leave that hell-hole of a high school, where every single day you feared for your life; even after all the letters to your senators and the countless marches that eventually won you and your state the marriage equality you deserve; even after you find your soul mate, get engaged and then married… someone, a stranger, will seek out your image on the internet [and] steal it and use it in an attempt to destroy others who support you.