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Gay couple featured in Hillary Clinton video lament it being slapped with warning label in Russia

Gay couple featured in Hillary Clinton video lament it being slapped with warning label in Russia

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia’s Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality to anyone under 18.

Johnson says in a radio interview: ‘That was really disappointing to see that Russia thought that just a couple holding hands and professing their love for each other was too risque for television, I feel like If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands.’

Despite that controversy, the Chicago couple hopes presidential candidate Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be at their wedding.

Milrad posted the invitation on Twitter: ‘Thanks for inviting us to your big day,’ he tweeted to Clinton on Sunday (12 April). ‘We’re returning the favor & inviting you to ours. … BTW @HillaryClinton, feel free to bring a +1.’

The couple agreed three weeks ago to participate in a video they knew was supportive of Clinton but they had no idea it was for her campaign kickoff.

‘When we were first contacted, they basically told us a little bit about what they would be doing and said they were interviewing people going through big changes in life and also said that it was something affiliated with Hillary, but didn’t exactly say what it would be,’ Johnson told Washington Blade.

‘So they just mainly wanted to hear our story about that and our life and decision to get married and how we’re dealing with that and how excited we are about that.’