04/04/2014 12:27 BST | Updated 04/04/2014 13:59 BST

Gay Marriage Photobomb: Lesbians Share Passionate Kiss Behind Protester (PICTURE)

This has to be the most epic photobomb we’ve ever seen: One same-sex marriage protester peeping over the top of his placard – while two women kiss passionately just over his shoulder.

The inspirational image was taken in Wakefield, West Yorkshire last week by passer-by Dean Hinchliffe.

Antonia Lines and her girlfriend Beccy Smith puckered up after spotting former UKIP candidate Bryan Barker and his sign.

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An epic photobombing moment

Smith told HuffPost UK: "We saw the man with the sign and, after standing and watching people respond to him (mostly disagreeing) for a little while, we decided to make a point by kissing near him.

"The photograph was taken by a passer by without our knowledge, and then shared on Facebook where mutual friends made us aware of it.

"We're really pleased with the positive response it has had- there have been lots of supportive comments and the photo has been shared loads. It's strange to think that a spur of the moment display of defiant affection would create such a stir!"

Barker has declined to comment on the image. In 2012 he stood as UKIP candidate in the Normanton ward during the council elections but was later deselected.

A spokesman said: “The party did not feel he was an appropriate person to represent the modern UKIP. His views are not the views of the party.”

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year but it was not until March 13 this year when couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time. The first ceremonies were carried out last weekend.

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