A kiss is (almost) just a kiss

Colorado’s legislature yesterday approved civil unions for same-sex couples and the cover of the Denver Post carried a picture that might’ve been shocking a few years ago.

But of the 247 comments attached to the online article, only two brought up a gay couple kissing on the front page.


But there must have been more phone calls because the director of newsroom operations at the newspaper this afternoon posted an explanation to readers:

One of the missions as journalists is to take our readers where they can’t go, and the speaker’s office is definitely one of those places. Ferrandino, who is gay, has been fighting to get this bill passed for at least the last three years, and he spoke eloquently on the subject while the bill was being debated. So it made sense to get his perspective.

Walker captured what photographers and photo editors will describe as a “moment,” when a picture shows in a single image the essence of the story. As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

From left, Reps. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, hold hands Tuesday while listening to comments before a vote on a civil unions bill, which passed. The three lawmakers are gay.

“Ferrandino has been a central part of the entire civil unions debate, for years,” Lyons said. “His inclusion feels like the ending to this story, and it would have been remiss to not have him as part of the report.”

At least online, more people seemed interested in knowing the story behind the baby bottle. It belongs to the couple’s foster child.

(h/t: Romenesko)