Gay marriage: newlywed couple bombarded with internet hate mail

Telegraph 22 June 2012
A newlywed couple have being bombarded with internet hate mail after posing on the steps of 10 Downing Street to hand in a 550,000-signature petition against gay marriage. Rhys and Esther Curnow, from Newcastle, received scores of messages after   opponents of their stance on same-sex marriage including a Labour councillor   circulated their Facebook details online. They included messages saying the couple, who are committed Christians, should   “rot in hell” and wishing they would become infertile or die of cancer. Several included explicit references to sexual acts while others suggested   they should be subjected to “compulsory sterilisation”. The couple, who married in March, became the public face of the Coalition For   Marriage campaign, backed by Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of   Canterbury, earlier this month when they handed in the group’s petition to   David Cameron. Mr Curnow, a charity researcher originally from Wales, and his wife, a primary   schoolteacher from the West Midlands, dressed in wedding clothes and posed   on the steps of Number 10 with a gift wrapped package containing signatures.

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