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Magazine covers mark Obama’s historic support for marriage equality

Sunday, May 13, 2012
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President Barack Obama’s historic announcement of support for full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is making the cover of national magazines this week, including Newsweek and New Yorker, and likely others before the week ends.

At Newsweek, the magazine calls Obama “The First Gay President,” a reference to a 1998 article in the New Yorker in which Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton “The First Black President,” due to his support for African Americans.

At the New Yorker, Bob Staake’s illustration, “Spectrum of Light,” captures the “celebratory moment for our country.”

“I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President’s statement — a statement long overdue — but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history,” said Staake.

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