The couple in the photo is Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere. Edwards found out about the photo last week and wrote in his personal blog, the Gay Wedding Experience on what the photo meant to him.
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… 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.
Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate, told the Denver Post his organization was within their rights to use the image.
“We are a non-profit and make no money from any photos, postings, references, parodies, street theater or educational materials. Other groups make fair use of our materials or 2000 photos from our website under these broad principles of political education and we acknowledge a limited use of many of our own materials, by other groups, under parody, some fairly strong critical attacks from our political opposition on our efforts as part of a robust debate.”
In addition to the overlay of text, Public Advocate removed the original NYC backdrop from the photo and replaced with an image of snowy trees. The couple and photographer are pursuing legal action.
Staff Reports LEESBURG, Va. — A special prosecutor appointed to look into allegations of official misconduct by Loudoun County, Va., Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling, Va.) has begun impaneling a grand jury to review evidence as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Delgaudio, 58, is head of the organization “Public Advocate of The United States,” a non-profit group [...]