By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
While straights around the world do their part to protect the sanctity of marriage (RIP TomKat), anti-gay group The Public Advocate of the United States (classified by many as a hate group) dragged the same-sex marriage debate into even murkier waters, according to The Advocate.
Brian Edwards, husband of Tom Privitere, found out when a friend sent him a picture after recognizing the couple on a photoshopped anti-gay campaign mailer. The photo, taken on their wedding day, shows the couple leaning in for a kiss–in giant letters, this: “State Senator Jean White’s idea of family values?” (See above.) It gets grosser:
According to The Denver Post, said mailer was sent to thousands of people. The senator under attack–Jean White–has twice voted for “failed efforts to pass a civil unions law there.”
Upset yet? Wait until you read Edwards’ rather heart-wrenching reaction, taken from the Advocate‘s story:
“I want to share what this picture means to me. It represents my first home away from home, my beloved NYC, which at the time this image was taken (2 years ago) did not allow same sex couples to marry. It represents my longterm relationship with my best friend, my partner, and now husband — the love we share and obstacles we have overcome. It 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.”
bigots folks at The Public Advocate of the United States has thus far refused to apologize. A quick look at their website offers little hope they’ll see the light anytime soon.
The plus side? Lots of kids in stifling, conservative homes and closet cases might get to see real-live homosexuals kissing. For anyone who can speak from experience, sometimes these little bits of light (even dressed up in hate) are all the seed that needs to be planted.
Still, we’re a little sad today for Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere. Hang in there, boys.