A beautiful photo of two fathers tearfully embracing their newborn son has been stolen by anti-gay-parent groups.
In 2014, when Frankie Nelson and B.J. Barone met their son Milo for the first time, like all new parents, they were overwhelmed with emotion.
The moment was captured by photographer Lindsay Forster and quickly went viral, making headlines and eliciting messages of love and support across the world.
Milo was born via surrogate and the image was hailed as an intimate celebration of diversity – not all families have a mum and dad, after all.
The picture is doing the rounds again this week, but sadly for a different reason, disgustingly co-opted for homophobic propaganda.
Independent Irish politician Mary E. Fitzgibbon shared it on her now-private Twitter account, alongside a too-perfect-to-be-real photo of a heterosexual couple and their infant son.
She captioned it: “We must reaffirm the right of a child to grow up and be loved where possible by their own mother and father.”
If that weren’t more than enough bigoted dross for a happy family to endure of a weekend, the picture was then appropriated by Italian far right group Fratelli d’Italia and turned, uncredited, into a poster.
“He will never be able to say ‘mum’,” it read in Italian.
“We should be defending the rights of the children.”
The Canadian couple are apparently furious that their moment of love is now being used to push an agenda of hate and hit out at Fitzgibbon on social media.