Arizona bride, mom plead with progressive anti-Sinema protesters to stop ‘ruining’ wedding

From lists of demands to arguments for ‘gentle discussion’ the pair behind #LetHusbandandWifeWeddingWork are riding a wave of support following a photo online Arizona bride, mom plead with progressive anti-Sinema protesters to stop ‘ruining’…

Arizona bride, mom plead with progressive anti-Sinema protesters to stop 'ruining' wedding

From lists of demands to arguments for ‘gentle discussion’ the pair behind #LetHusbandandWifeWeddingWork are riding a wave of support following a photo online

Arizona bride, mom plead with progressive anti-Sinema protesters to stop ‘ruining’ wedding

The feminist activist group UltraViolet is supporting a conservative couple in the run-up to their big day with a list of demands aimed at Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema.

The group began publishing the couple’s messages to the federal lawmaker on Friday, in the wake of a protest outside a courthouse where the groom’s family had hoped to enter his marriage licence.

Since being asked to leave the clerk’s office in Maricopa County, a small suburb outside Phoenix, the family have described the scene, with the groom’s mother going so far as to describe anarchist protesters as “fearless heroes”.

But in a show of support they are now campaigning for “gentle discussion”.

Even after they were asked to leave the courthouse on Thursday, the demonstration’s organiser Lizzie Lee Harris, a 40-year-old from Tucson, did not hold back.

Outside of the court the group was accompanied by “a couple dozen street preachers with handouts so everyone could see our beliefs”.

After the protest, Harris said she was “happier than I could have ever been”.

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But she left the rallies after about 10-15 minutes because she had been “shouted at the kitchen table” by people shouting “Fag” at her.

The UltraViolet group has now published the words of the bride and groom as a “wishlist” – asking Sinema to abstain from discussing “income equality, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and much more” with them or their guests before their wedding, which takes place on 26 September.

UltraViolet is also lobbying the federal government to make it easier for the bride and groom to sell the wedding video. They have also shared videos of the parents and groom reciting their list of demands with the TV news.

The couple are being represented by Stone’s Town Law Offices, in Phoenix, and the video will be sold for $100, according to a website titled Putting the Money Back into Front Courts, set up by the law firm.

If the video sells well and wins the couple will be able to use the cash to help pay for “unforeseen emergencies” and the parents will be able to use the money to help pay for university bills.

The North Carolina Democrat has said she will consider the demands from the couple. She has reportedly indicated that she hopes to meet them.

The couple’s wishes seem to have resonated among some online. “Hats off to these men! You are not alone,” one person wrote, while another commented that their demands were “perfectly reasonable”.

Sinema, a fierce critic of President Donald Trump, recently identified herself as bisexual in an attempt to correct the “misunderstanding” about her sexuality and clarify her position on LGBT issues.

Sinema is expected to win a Democratic Senate seat from Arizona in the November midterm elections. She does not have any challenger for the Republican nomination.

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