DENVER - Attorneys for a New Jersey gay couple whose engagement photo was used in Colorado political attack mailers are urging a federal court to let a lawsuit go forward, despite claims that use of the picture is protected free speech.
"They are not celebrities or public figures or emblems of the gay-rights movement. They did not insert themselves into Colorado politics," attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a court filing in Denver federal court Monday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said Monday that 32-year-old Brian Edwards and 37-year-old Tom Privitere are "innocent bystanders" whose copyrighted picture was stolen and misused.
Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States used photos of the couple holding hands and kissing to target candidates in Colorado Republican primaries this year.