In a previous interview, Edwards said that the experience was a powerful echo of dark moments from his youth, when he said he was frequently bullied for being gay.
"I was one of those kids who was called [an anti-gay slur] every day. I was one of those kids who had his car vandalized and got beat up," he said. "And then out of nowhere comes this," he said of the mailers. "It immediately felt like bullying again."
In the same interview, Privitere said that seeing Public Advocate's statement emblazoned across the couple's favorite engagement photo felt especially personal.
"It's hatred directed at us," he said. "And quite frankly, you know, we're just a normal, average, loving couple that goes to work and goes home. We're no different than the person next door."