Front-Page Gay Marriage Kiss Proves Unprofitable for Newspaper

Bristol Post
The "Bristol Post" has reportedly lost 'thousands of sales' after publishing a picture of two homosexual men kissing on its front page.

A regional newspaper has reportedly lost "thousands of sales" after publishing a picture of two homosexual men kissing on its front page.

The Bristol Post featured the image on March 31 to mark the city's first same-sex marriage.

Editor Mike Norton says the drop in sales surprises him, as the paper received only nine complaints.

"But, clearly, what people say and what people do are different," he says. 

In March, the BBC heard how the government "completely ignored" two-thirds of a million traditional marriage supporters.

An audience member told BBC's Question Time that "a huge swath of the population" had been sidelined by the government.

She referred to the Coalition for Marriage petition supporting traditional marriage, which has over 668,000 signatures.

Comments on Norton's blog vary. Some defend the newspaper's decision to publish the image. Others say the sales dip reflects how those opposed to same-sex marriage are fearful of voicing their opinions in public.

The CEO of Mozilla stepped down last week after coming under fire for backing traditional marriage.

Brendan Eich, who also created the widely used JavaScript computer language, had previously given $1,000 to Proposition 8, supporting marriage between one man and one woman.

Author Andrew Sullivan, who is homosexual, says, however, the backlash "disgusts him" and wonders if Eich will "now be forced to walk through the streets in shame."

Sullivan adds, "Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me—as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society."

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