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March 26, 2013

The Day’s Most Popular Photo from the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Demonstrations

It’s the photo I’ve seen most widely published because:

1. The sign, center, frames the issue as a historical inevitability.  (Notice how pro-gay marriage advocates are “closer,” in proximity, to the court.) Whether the Supremes duck the issue now, or not, that’s the main story.

2. Most clever, the flag — as a divider — puts us on the outside or “wrong” side. If subliminal, there’s nothing like an exclusionary device to engage the viewer more deeply in an image (and to locate us in respect to an issue).

3. What creates that inevitability is the recognition that homosexuality, across the spectrum, is interwoven in the fabric.

4. It’s eloquent the way the silhouettes stand for all gay Americans behind the rainbow banner — whether open and identifiable or not.

(photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters caption: Anti-Proposition 8 protesters are shadowed by a rainbow banner in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013.)

  • black_dog_barking

    The brilliance of the filtered sunlight against the deep shade covering the stone arch facade of the Court building reinforces the demonstrators’ message and underscores their trademark rainbow. Maybe this storm is passing.

    Like they said in the rural America of my childhood — the sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass all the time.

  • bks3bks

    Truth be told, I was more sympathetic when gay people ridiculed marriage. But anything is better than having the Phony War On Terrorism above the fold.


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