This is actually quite interesting. TIME magazine chose as its cover this week, two different covers – one showing a gay couple kissing, the other showing a lesbian couple kissing.
Just as significant, the headline “Gay Marriage Already Won: The Supreme court hasn’t made up its mind — but America has.”
Why is this a “wow”? Because newspapers and magazines get hell for posting photos of gay couples kissing. It shouldn’t be a “thing,” but it is a thing.
The kiss has been quite a powerful political weapon in the gay arsenal for a while now. And checking our archives, it’s rather amazing how important the “gay kiss” has been to our political struggle over the years. Here are a few incidents you might recall.
The “first” Gay Kisses
Roseanne’s lesbian kiss in 1994:
First gay kiss on Primetime as Adam and Ethan kiss on Dawson’s Creek in 2000:
The first gay kiss on daytime television in 2007 on “As the World Turns” between Luke and Noah – it’s really cute:
Adorable Gay Kisses
The lesbian Navy couple that that got the “first kiss” off the boat right after DADT was repealed:
The Amazing Race boys doing their big old kiss on prime time TV a few months back:
And here’s the video of the ESPN kiss, start watching at about 2 minutes in – it’s adorable:
Gay Kisses that caused a scandal
The time the Mormons arrested a gay couple for kissing near their temple.
The Chicago bus driver who allegedly threw a gay couple off a bus for kissing.
When Southwest Airlines booted the L-Word star off a flight for kissing her girlfriend.
The time the Denver Post (just the other week) got into trouble for publishing a gay kiss, and then defended it.
UK PM Cameron supported banning gay kisses before 9pm on the tele.
The time Facebook banned a gay kiss (and then corrected itself).
The Gay Kiss as political weapon
And the gay people who responded to Mormon hate with a growing number of kiss-ins.
The Spaniards who greeted the Pope with a kiss-in.
The gay kiss that disrupted the Santorum rally.
The guys kicked out of a taco place in El Paso, Texas for kissing.
The 74 year old gay protester arrested for kissing an anti-gay preacher on the cheek.
The Spanish gay boys who kissed on Al Jazeera to protest their new anti-gay right wing government: