Defiling a Kiss: Same-Sex Couple Sues Anti-Gay Rights Organization for Misappropriation of Their Photograph
Hill v. Public Advocate of the United States, No. 12 Civ. 2550 (D. Colo. Sept. 26, 2012).
On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, married couple Brian Edwards and Thomas Privitere, along with Kristina Hill, their Brooklyn-based photographer, filed a lawsuit against an anti-gay rights organization named Public Advocate of the United States (“PA”). The same-sex couple alleges that PA misappropriated their identities by copying a photograph that Hill had taken of them posing and kissing by the Brooklyn Bridge shortly after their engagement,
and incorporating it into two flyers distributed during local political races in Colorado:
The two individuals referred to in the posters – Jean White and Jeffrey Hare – were Republican primary candidates who had supported a bill that, if passed, would have granted same-sex couples the right to enter into civil unions. If it weren’t clear from the bold lettering, the blood-red banner framing the words, the quotes around “family values” or the suggestive question marks – PA does not support same-sex marriage or civil unions. Continue reading »