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Italian Photographer May Sue Party for Misuse of Pro Equality Photo

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

After a far right wing group in Italy stole his photograph to create an anti-gay ad, a photographer is considering suing.

Italy Anti Gay Ad

The Advocate reports:

An Italian photographer has threatened to sue a conservative political party for misusing a photo — he originally shot it for a newspaper article supporting adoption rights for same-sex couples, but the right-wing group used it in a campaign opposing such rights. The photographer, famous for shooting a series of Benetton ads, contends the political party did not secure his permission to use the image, but more importantly, objects to how the party used it, according to Italian English-language news site The Local. “The photo was used in the opposite way [it was intended],” Oliviero Toscani told Italian news agency Ansa. “[Originally,] there were editorial photos to explain the various possibilities of a family for a French newspaper.” Instead, Toscani said, Italy’s conservative Fratelli d’Italia party “used the photos in an ignorant way, like they are.”

These anti-gay groups seem to have a history of stealing photographs – remember this one from Colorado? Or this time that NOM stole a lesbian couple’s photo? Or this time when the president of Poland stole a gay couple’s video?

Find more articles and gay wedding resourcesThe Advocate.

MD: Democrat Who Turned Against Marriage Equality Bill Allegedly Stole Campaign Funds For Wedding

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Maryland Gay MarriageMaryland Delegate Tiffany T. Alston is in deep trouble. The Democrat from Prince George’s district has been charged with felony theft, misdemeanor theft, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and she also violated two election laws.

She apparently stole all of this money to pay for the expenses of her wedding. Here is the kicker, Alston is dead set against same-sex marriage.

Apparently, marriage is so sacred and homosexuality so bad, that Alston would vote against it no matter what, but has no problem breaking one of the Ten Commandments because she was getting married. It is alleged that she wrote herself checks and cashing them for at least $3,560 in expenses for her wedding. She also diverted some funds to help pay the salary of an employee in her law firm.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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