The San Diego couple was arrested on Tuesday while they were trying to depart from Bankgkok's Don Mueang International Airport after authorities spotted the images posted on social media and put the two on a watchlist.
Both Travis and Joseph admitted to bending over and posing for the picture at the temple and were taken to the police station for legal action. The couple may soon have their asses seriously handed to them by the Thai courts as the court considers additional religious insult and computer crime charges, ballooning their case into an worldwide matter.
He explained the two were brought to Bangkok Yai police station to be charged with public nakedness, an offence liable for a fine of up to 5,000 baht ($153; £115).
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"Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation", deputy spokesman of the Thai immigration police Col Choengron Rimpadee told the BBC. The courts could place the men in jail for 12 additional days while the police and courts investigate more serious charges. Another account, however, has appeared, featuring the men's photos, including edited versions of the pictures they took at the temples. "They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand", the rep says.
If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison.
They live in Hillcrest, the center of San Diego's LGBT scene, with buzzing gay bars and the city's massive annual Pride parade.
The Instagram account had more than 14,000 followers but on Wednesday it had been deleted.
According to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, the couple reached out to City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez for assistance.