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British police hit back at homophobic trolls after two officers got engaged at Pride

Bea Mitchell June 28, 2016
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The Met’s LGBT Network has responded to Twitter trolls following the engagement of two police officers marching in Pride at London.

23-year-old PC Sam Philpot proposed to his colleague and partner, PC Martin Coughlan, during the London Pride parade on Saturday.

The couple have since opened up about the proposal, saying: “It was love at first sight”.

After the picture and video were tweeted by the Met, a number of trolls have taken to Twitter to attack the proposal.

British police hit back at homophobic trolls after two officers got engaged at Pride

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One called the proposal “sick”, and another “abominable”, while 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”.

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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.”

After another Twitter user wrote, “a bunch of sissy ass shit. Need to bun fire on you punks,” the Met also replied: “Hello Dedrick. We’d strongly advise against it. Our 32,000 Officers might take a dim view of it. #DI.

British police hit back at homophobic trolls after two officers got engaged at Pride

“Look at this.Staggering.If it’s happening to us,what about you? #ByYourSide.We’ll be duly in touch with Mr Cox.”

British police hit back at homophobic trolls after two officers got engaged at Pride

Earlier this week the Metropolitan Police Chief vowed to keep Pride in London safe – as extra officers were drafted in for security in the wake of a shooting at a gay club in Orlando which left 49 dead and 53 injured.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police, spoke to press including PinkNews ahead of a meeting with LGBT business leaders, following the attack in Orlando.

Related topics: engagement, equal marriage, Met Police, Pride

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