A family whose image was used by anti-gay group Mothers and Fathers Matter during Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum has admitted that they were naive about stock photos
The British couple featured on the posters said that while the Mothers and Fathers Matter had legitimately used the photo, they did not agree with the poster’s message.
The image has also been used by by an Irish fertility company and an Australian legal firm.
The father of the family, who were given free copies of the image in return for the photo shoot, said:
"The chances of having your photo selected out of all the hundreds of thousands available are pretty slim. The photo was not stolen from us… we have no claim over (or rights to) the picture, and we do not claim otherwise.
"We just wanted publicly to say that we disagreed with the No campaign and were unhappy about their use of our image, but we acknowledge that they're allowed to do so."
A spokesperson for Mothers and Fathers Matter said the group had not heard from the couple but would be happy to discuss its views with them.
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