Two policemen who got engaged at Pride called ‘evil’, an ‘abomination’ in vile abuse
Two police officers who got engaged at Pride in London yesterday have been hit with abuse by online trolls who called their engagement “sick”, “abominable” and “evil”.
The moment of the proposal was caught on camera and video, and a picture was taken by the Metropolitan Police’s LGBT network and tweeted.
Luckily the recipient of the ring said yes, as the Met tweeted.
The Met tweeted the picture in response to a picture of another couple, one of them a police officer, getting engaged at Pride in London which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of London.
But since the picture and video were tweeted by the Met, a number of trolls have taken to Twitter to attack the proposal.
One called the proposal “sick”, and another an “abomination”.
A third tweeted a bible quote about the positive aspects of love, reading: “homosexuality is a sin. It is not to be praised. True love doesn’t delight in evil. 1cor.13:4-8”
The Met’s LGBT Network has said it will take action against the trolling, and tweeted: “Sad to see grossly offensive homophobic trolling about our #marriageproposal but don’t worry we’re the police so we’ll be taking action.”
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