Newsweek is heralding President Barack Obama as the country's "first gay president" on its latest cover.
The magazine's headline for the Monday, May 21, issue comes after Obama said for the first time last week that he believes gay marriage should be legal. The accompanying story is written by Andrew Sullivan, a conservative columnist who is gay.
A USA Today/Gallup poll released last week showed that 51 percent of Americans approve of Obama's stance, yet six in 10 said the president's support for same-sex marriage will have no bearing on their vote in November.
Newsweek editor Tina Brown explained the Obama "gaylo," as some have dubbed it, to Politico.
“If President Clinton was the ‘first black president’ then Obama earns every stripe in that ‘gaylo’ with last week’s gay marriage proclamation," said Brown. "Newsweek’s cover pays tribute to his newly ordained place in history.”
The eyebrow-raising Newsweek cover came just days after its competitor, Time, showed a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old boy on its latest cover.