Couple on 'No' poster: "We completely support same-sex marriage"

The 'No' campaign post from Mothers and Fathers
The 'No' campaign post from Mothers and Fathers

A young couple featured on a 'No' campaign poster have come out in support of same-sex marriage and say they are upset their image is being used by group Mothers & Fathers Matter.

The unnamed England-base couple say the image was taken by a friend of theirs who is a photographer.

They said they were never paid for it and completely supportive of same-sex marriage. 

"No money was exchanged – we got nice photos for free, they got nice images for their portfolio. As part of this agreement, we agreed to let them upload them to a stock photo album," they said via a statement released through Amnesty International Ireland.

"We knew that these were available for purchase and we gave permission. Perhaps, naïvely, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website.

"We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others.

"Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality has no place in the 21st century. If we were residents of Ireland, not the UK, we would vote Yes for marriage equality."

"Above all we hope that children in Ireland, will be guaranteed the equality that our children enjoy, and will be able to grow up in a society which guarantees them full equality before the law, no matter who they love when they eventually go on to form adult, loving, committed relationships."

The couple were identified earlier in the week by an Australian comedian, Adam Hills, who is a family friend. 

"Like many campaigns, Mothers And Fathers Matter has used a stock photo to give a human face to our message, in this case that children deserve a mother and father wherever possible," he said.
"If the couple involved care to contact us directly, we will be pleased to demonstrate how our use of this photo will help ensure that no child will be deliberately denied of the love of a mother or father."
They are currently debating whether to contact Mothers and Fathers Matters.