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The antigay group Public Advocate of the United States used an altered photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere in a campaign to attack a Colorado senator who supported civil union legislation. (Courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center) The antigay group Public Advocate of the United States used an altered photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere in a campaign to attack a Colorado senator who supported civil union legislation. (Courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center)

DENVER (AP) - A gay couple from New Jersey suing a group that used their engagement photo says they cringe when they see the image after it was used in an attack mailer against a Colorado Republican in a legislative primary.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Denver on behalf of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere against Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States. The group has commented on the lawsuit through email requests.

The photo shows the couple holding hands and kissing with a New York City skyline as a backdrop.

The photo was used in mailers in a June primary election against Sen. Jean White, who supported a civil union bill that was blocked in the state House. White lost the primary.


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