John Edwards and Rielle Hunter Step Out

In a new photo, obtained by The National Enquirer, John Edwards is seen together with mistress Rielle Hunter and their love child, Frances Quinn.

The photo displays the disgraced politician carrying his three-year-old daughter into a Charlotte, North Carolina church on Christmas Eve.

The photo appears in the new issue of The National Enquirer, which claims Edwards plans to wed Hunter in a last-ditch bid to avoid prison, but Edwards is denying he has any plan to marry, a spokesman said.

If they were married, Hunter couldn't be forced to testify for the prosecution against Edwards at his upcoming criminal trial.

Edwards is charged with using campaign funds to cover up his extramarital affair with Hunter, which was revealed while Edwards' wife Elizabeth was battling breast cancer, she died in December 2010.