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Can you imagine being made the face of homophobia? That's what happened to Rick Raymen Steven Hansen of Portland, Ore., whose wedding picture was lifted by right-wing group USA Next for an ad meant to punish AARP for its opposition to Bush's Social Security plan.

Last year, when Oregon's Multnomah County briefly allowed same-sex marriages, Raymen and Hansen put on tuxedos, got a license, and kissed. A local paper photographed them. Then in February this ad (pictured) ran on The American Spectator's Web site, suggesting, inaccurately, that the AARP favors same-sex marriage. Caught using a photo it didn't own, USA Next attempted to pay for the rights after the fact, but the newspaper refused and twice returned the group's money. Raymen and Hansen are suing.
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Title Annotation:The Washington Advocate; USA Next uses same-sex wedding picture
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Apr 12, 2005
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