Washington Post receives backlash for gay photo

A kiss between Jeremy Ames and Taka Ariga set an uproar this week among social conservatives after the Washington Post published the picture on its March 3 front page.
Jeremy Ames (left) and Taka Ariga kiss outside of Washington D.C.'s superior court March 3, the day marriage liscenses became available to same-sex couples. (courtesy of Bill O'leary/the Washington Post)

A kiss between Jeremy Ames and Taka Ariga set an uproar this week among social conservatives, after the Washington Post published the picture on its March 3 front page.

The complaints sent to the Washington Post and the two journalists who reported the story range from subtle to disturbing.

“That kind of stuff makes normal people want to throw up,” one commenter left. “People have kids who are being exposed to this crap. I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women.”

“I am 65 years old and I realize that the world is changing rapidly – much more rapidly than I would like it to,” a long time subscriber wrote in an e-mail. “While I realize that the Post must report on these changes – even the ones with which I do not agree – I feel that the picture on Thursday morning was an affront to the majority of your readership. It is not something that I want coming into my home. I believe that even your editors know that it would have been better placed in the Metro section and that it would have mitigated its impact to do so.”

The Washington Post recorded 27 subscribers who canceled because of the front page photo. Andrew Alexander of the Washington Post however asserted in a recent blog post that publishing the photo on the front page was the right thing to do.

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