They met at work, fell in love and—over eight years, they moved in together and built a life in New Delhi. But as a same-sex couple in India, their relationship was a crime until a ruling by the supreme court. At minimum, they say, the case has brought the topic into the open in a country where LGBTQ issues are still largely considered taboo. It was work that brought Arora, a psychiatrist, and Khanna, a psychologist, together.
Newsweek Cover Declares Obama 'The First Gay President
What's Next for Gay Marriage?
Will last week's New Jersey Supreme Court decision on gay marriage have an impact on next week's election? The ruling opened the door to make the state the second in the nation—after Massachusetts—to allow gay marriage by finding that the legislature must offer same-sex couples some form of marriage or civil union. I think it's a very powerful decision that illustrates the difference between happy and satisfied. I'm happy to see a unanimous high court ruling that gay couples must be treated fairly. But I'm not satisfied because the high court opened the door to equality but didn't finish the job [because it referred the decision to the legislature]. There's only one way to provide equality and that is by equal treatment. One of the main protections that comes with marriage is the word "marriage" and the security and certainty that come with that.
Gay Marriage As an Election Issue
With Obama's face pictured looking skyward and a rainbow-colored halo above his head, the controversial cover leads to a story written by gay writer Andrew Sullivan -- a self-described political conservative -- who analyzes the president's backing of gay marriage. Obama said Wednesday he supported gay marriage, reversing his position on a controversial social issue just six months before the November election and adopting a stance fraught with uncertain political implications. The president said that after years of lengthy discussions with friends and family, including his wife and two young daughters, he now "personally" believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
It won't be nearly as controversial as Time magazine's breastfeeding cover , but Newsweek's May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country's "first gay president. The accompanying cover story was written by Andrew Sullivan, the popular--and openly gay--political blogger. The magazine even gives the commander-in-chief a rainbow halo. Sullivan's cover story is not yet online, but in a blog post published earlier this week , Sullivan wrote that Obama's support of gay marriage brought him to tears:. So let me simply say: I think of all the gay kids out there who now know they have their president on their side.