Newsweek Cover Heralds Obama as “First Gay President”

Newsweek Cover Heralds Obama as “First Gay President”

The new "Newsweek" cover and article pays homage to President Obama for supporting marriage equality.

Published May 14, 2012

(Photo: Newsweek)

President Obama has been named the “first gay president” on the cover of the just released Newsweek issue, which features the president with a rainbow halo over his head. The cover comes a week after the president publicly supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. In the cover story, Andrew Sullivan, who is gay, says that as the offspring of a white American woman and an African man Obama grew up understanding what it’s like to be different.

Sullivan wrote:

“I have always sensed that he intuitively understands gays and our predicament — because it so mirrors his own. And he knows how the love and sacrifice of marriage can heal, integrate, and rebuild a soul. The point of the gay-rights movement, after all, is not about helping people be gay. It is about creating the space for people to be themselves. This has been Obama's life's work.”

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Written by Joyce Jones


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