‘First Gay President’?
State run media? Obama has passed the buck to the states… How “libertarian” of him. Meanwhile “former” Libertarian Rand Paul gets religious on the issue.
‘First Gay President’: Newsweek marks Obama’s landmark announcement with controversial cover
- Magazine attempts to trump rival Time in battle for eye-catching image
- Commemorates Obama‘s announcement that he supports gay marriage
- Senator Rand Paul says President’s views ‘couldn’t get any gayer’
In a gutsy move, Newsweek has released the cover of their next issue, on the cover of which they depict President Obama with a rainbow halo and the title of ‘The First Gay President’.
The news-magazine, which hits stands today, is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two President to draw attention to itself.
Tina Brown, who edits the magazine and its sister website The Daily Beast, is known for her love of controversial covers to help boost public interest and sales.
After Time magazine went with a cover shot of a young blonde mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old boy, Ms Brown is said to have taken it in stride, saying ‘let the games begin!’
The article accompanying the cover was written by the news magazine’s regular blogger, Andrew Sullivan, who is an openly gay self-titled conservative political pundit.
‘He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family,’ he wrote, describing the similarities between Mr Obama and the gay community.
There was little doubt that Newsweek would be covering the President’s historic announcement that he supports same-sex marriage after he had a sit-down television interview confirming what many already believed to be the case.
This was, however, the first time that a sitting President had done so, and the magazine asserts that such a move was a calculated one that had been thoroughly planned.
‘It’s easy to write off President Obama’s announcement of his support for gay marriage as a political ploy during an election year. But don’t believe the cynics,’ representatives from the news magazine told Politico in a statement about the article.
President Obama’s announcement came several days after Vice President Joe Biden said that he was ‘absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and men and women marrying are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.’
Making a splash: Newsweek’s Tina Brown, left, and Andrew Sullivan, right, are not afraid to court controversy with the magazine’s latest cover image
The move, thought to be a misstep as he made his opinion known before Mr Obama publicly declared his, was criticized by many within the administration and outside of the White House.
‘Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way, in my own terms, without I think, there being a lot of notice to everybody? Sure,’ Mr Obama said in the ABC interview. ‘But all’s well that ends well.’
On the day of the President’s interview, Mr Biden is said to have had a private meeting in the Oval Office in which he apologised for his overstep.
Republicans, the majority of whom are against gay marriage, said that Mr Obama simply made his historic announcement in an effort to gain support among liberal voters in the lead up to the general election.
‘While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party and our presumptive nominee Mitt Romney have been clear,’ Republican national committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
‘We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that.’
Mr Romney re-affirmed his opposition to gay marriage in a speech to graduates of evangelical Liberty University in Virginia last week.
He described marriage as an ‘enduring institution’ and said that it should be ‘a relationship between one man and one woman’.
‘I WASN’T SURE HIS VIEWS ON MARRIAGE COULD GET ANY GAYER’: RAND PAUL MOCKS OBAMA’S LANDMARK GAY MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, on Friday mocked Barack Obama’s recent statements on gay marriage.
Senator Paul was speaking at the 12th annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Christian conservative non-profit that opposes same-sex marriage, in Iowa.
‘The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage,’ Senator Paul said.
‘Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.’
His comments came just two days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, which he had previously opposed.
Senator Paul’s ‘joke’ received more than a few chuckles from his chosen audience so he continued on his course of blasting the president.
‘He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage,’ Paul said.
‘I’m like, what version of the Bible is he reading?’
Senator Paul repeatedly used the word ‘sin’ in reference to the topic.
‘We understand sin and we understand that people sin,’ he said.
He argued that it one doesn’t have to resort to ‘hateful dogma’ to preserve ‘traditions.’
‘Beyond religion, there’s stability in the family unit,’ he said. ‘We shouldn’t just give up on it.’
He used the opportunity to claim that the country was in the midst of a ‘spiritual crisis’ and that the nation required ‘leaders beyond your political leaders’.