Elections 2012: Obama Named ‘First Gay President’ on Newsweek Controversial Cover

Newsweek magazine’s latest cover proclaims Barack Obama the ‘first gay president.’

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'. Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

“Let the games begin,” Newsweek editor Tina Brown said last week after Time Magazine released its controversial breastfeeding cover, reports Politico.

Brown, who is known for her love of controversial covers to help boost public interest and sales, desided to respond with the above, pegged to Andrew Sullivan’s piece on Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “The First Gay President.”

According to The CS Monitor, the cover of Newsweek magazine portrays Obama with a rainbow halo and proclaims that he’s the “first gay president.”

Newsweek has alo revealed an excerpt of writer and political blogger Andrew Sullivan’s, who is gay and married, cover piece is gay and married. Sullivan has been a leading advocate of same-sex marriage for years.

“When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work.”

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. Photo: Newsweek

“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,” Sullivan writes.

Last week, President Obama publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting president in U.S. history to do so.

“I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News.

Obama’s announcement came after Vice President Biden said that gay people should be able to legally marry.

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Joe Biden said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last week.

Earlier Andrew Sullivan expressed his feelings about Obama’s announcement in the interview with NPR.

“I did have mixed feelings, but I thought beforehand that this is a state issue. The president’s role in this is really circumscribed. One interview doesn’t make a difference. And then I watched the interview and the tears flooded,” said Sullivan.

“There is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don’t know what effect it has until you hear it. And I think of all those gay Americans over the centuries who never heard that, never believed it could happen. And I have to say I’m immensely proud of this president for doing what he did.”

He added: “I think he let go of fear today, the fear that somehow by embracing this natural, obvious and I would say conservative development he was sometimes – somehow embracing political calamity. He wasn’t, he isn’t, he won’t. And exchanging fears for hope on this and affirming what we all know who have met him and seen him that he thinks of gay people exactly as he thinks of straight people, as human beings and Americans first. That’s a great moment.”

The Newsweek magazine with the controversial cover will hit newsstands Monday.

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