News photos capture reality. And the prominent display reflects the historic significance of what was occurring. The recent D.C. Council decision to approve same-sex marriage was the culmination of a decades-long gay rights fight for equality. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the District. The photo of Ames and Ariga kissing simply showed joy that would be exhibited by any couple planning to wed – especially a couple who previously had been denied the legal right to marry.
There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change.
I love that photo so much. And I love that the ombudsman’s blog makes the link between the racists of the past with the homophobes of today.
This is a stark reminder how invisible we still are. If such an appropriate gesture of affection drives people so crazy, they’re not seeing enough of it.
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