An art collective of graffiti artists has joined forces with a group of gay rights activists to paint an anti-gay slur on the words “Supreme Court” of the United States Supreme Court.
The effort, titled “Supremes” and organized by the California-based Street Art Institute, began with a series of images of gay men kissing and holding hands in a gay bar in downtown Los Angeles.
The first image, posted to the Street Art Forum, was taken in San Francisco in 2012.
It shows a man kissing another man on the cheek and a man holding hands.
The second image is taken in New York City in 2012, showing a man and a woman kissing.
The group has since taken several images from around the country, including the words, “supreme court” and “gay marriage.”
The graffiti project has drawn criticism from some people, including comedian Kathy Griffin, who recently wrote on Twitter that it was “deeply offensive” and called it “shameful that someone would do this to someone else’s face.”
The group said on Twitter Friday that it will continue the effort with a second photo that shows a woman holding hands with two men.
The artists are not affiliated with any groups and have not given a reason for joining the effort, which is in the process of being published on the website of the California State Bar Association.
The organization has been working on the project for two years.
“Our intention was not to cause offense or offend anyone,” the group said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
“Our intention is to highlight and highlight the importance of our community and its diversity, and that we will continue to work on this in a respectful way.”
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Thursday in a case about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.