Lawsuit says gun groups involved in anti-gay mail

DENVER (AP) — A federal lawsuit says two gun rights groups worked on political attack mailers in Colorado that showed a gay couple from New Jersey kissing.

The mailers were used in two Colorado Republican primaries last year and cited the issue of civil unions to caution voters against particular candidates who supported legislation providing gay couples protections similar to marriage.

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued on behalf of the gay couple last year and named Virginia-based Public Advocate of the United States as a defendant because their name was on the fliers.

SPLC says in a motion Wednesday they want to add Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the National Association for Gun Rights as defendants.

A representative from the gun groups did not immediately return a call seeking comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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