Newsweek Strikes Back With 'Gay President' Cover

Tina Brown tries to one-up Time's breastfeeding cover
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2012 2:00 PM CDT
Newsweek Strikes Back With 'Gay President' Cover
Newsweek tries to one-up Time with a controversial cover.   (Newsweek)

Take that, Time magazine. A week after Time's controversial breastfeeding cover, Newsweek has fired back with a cover article on President Obama's support for gay marriage—with the headline, "The First Gay President," and a rainbow-colored halo over Obama's head, Politico reports. Apparently Newsweek editor Tina Brown meant it when she saw Time's cover, laughed, and said, "Let the games begin."

Newsweek has revealed an excerpt of Andrew Sullivan's cover piece, which argues that Obama's support for gay nuptials is "not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work." Sullivan was more effusive on NPR the other day, saying that when he saw Obama's ABC interview, "the tears flooded. There is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don't know what effect it has until you hear it." Also on the gay rights front, he blogged on Daily Beast about a GOP memo that said Republicans should support gay marriage from a "family values," conservative point of view. (More Newsweek stories.)

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