Time magazine's Stengel: This week's covers 'symbolized the love' in marriage


Time magazine's new covers address the same-sex marriage debate that dominated this week's news. Russell Hart and Eric LaBonté, who have been engaged since 2010, kiss on one cover; Sarah Kate and Kristen Ellis-Henderson, who have been married since 2011, kiss on another.

"We had a long debate in our offices about this week’s cover images of two same-sex couples," Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel writes in an editor's note. "Some thought they were sensationalist and too in-your-face. Others felt the images were beautiful and symbolized the love that is at the heart of the idea of marriage. I agree with the latter, and I hope you do too."

Photographer Peter Hapak shot more couples, and the magazine has a slideshow from his shoots. The last time the magazine featured split cover images was in November 2012; it had two covers on the election and one cover on Hurricane Sandy, which ran in the Northeast.

Previously: Journalists share arguments for, against using same-sex marriage symbols on social media profiles | Roundup of same-sex marriage explainers

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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