I got up very early Thursday in order to build you a nice collection of Supreme Court decision front pages. But then I ran into another series of technical glitches: I couldn’t upload images to my blog.
I managed to upload the pages last night, but it literally took me hours to do what should have taken five minutes.
So, a day late, here’s a look at some of the day’s notable Same-sex marriage front pages…
Many of Thursday’s front pages did a great job of showing the emotion involved in earning the right to marry, shown on the faces of the nation’s gay and lesbian folks in D.C. and around the country.
JOURNAL & COURIER
The Associated Press picture on the front of Lafayette shows plenty of emotion. And that’s good.
That headline, however, was fairly typical in that it suggested a win for gay marriage in both decisions announced Wednesday.
However, as you might know, that really wasn’t the case. Sure enough, the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down. But California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage in the state of California was less than a perfect victor for gay marriage supporters. That case was essentially dismissed on a technicality. So that wasn’t actually a victory for supporters of gay marriage. In fact, as a result, we’ll continue to see these legal battles go on at the state level. It’s only because California currently has supporters of gay marriage in office at the moment that Prop 8 will be pursued no further.
So in effect, Wednesday might have been a ” win-win” for supporters of gay marriage. But not in fact. The struggle is far from over for gay and lesbian folks throughout the country.
We see the same afront the Virginian-Pilot. The Pilot picked a photo that I didn’t seen anyone else use — one just dripping with emotion.
And while the main head refers to “two victories,” note how the deck on the Prop 8 story makes it clear that gay marriage is not coming to the notoriously red state of Virginia.
The photo is by Mark Wilson of Getty images.
DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
The Rochester paper went with a quote headline: “Equal in every way.”
But again, that’s only in the eyes of the federal government. Gays are not equal in every way from state to state. And that’s from where the court says decisions on marriage licenses must come.
The photo by Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press is of the same couple you saw on the front of the Virginian-Pilot.
White Plains, N.Y.
Possibly the most spectacular front page of the day was this rainbow banner-waving gentleman on the front of Gannett’s New York-based papers.
I’m a little baffled about where the picture came from, however. It’s credited to J. Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press in the White Plains paper, above, but to Getty images in the Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca papers, below.
From left to right:
- Binghamton, N.Y., Press & Sun-Bulletin, circulation 34,311
- Elmira, N.Y., Star-Gazette, circulation 15,172
- Ithaca, N.Y., Journal, circulation 9,668
DES MOINES REGISTER
Des Moines, Iowa
In Iowa — which has seen its fair share of legal battles for gay marriage — The state’s capital city paper managed a nice pun in the main headline.
Banner day? And the man in front of the state capitol is holding a banner? Hey, I never got away with puns like that when I worked at the Register.
The banner picture is by staffer Bryon Houlgrave.
Iowa City, Iowa
The paper in Iowa City also built page one around a local person waving a banner, but minus the pun head.
In particular, I like the way the Press-Citizen broke up the issue into two decks. Notice the one on the right. The Press-Citizen got it right here, which delights me.
That great picture is by staffer David Scrivner.
But nowhere is the divided nature of Wednesday’s ruling more apparent than on the front pages of Chicago’s two tabloid newspaeprs.
RedEye takes note of the celebrations to come during the upcoming gay pride celebrations…
while the Sun-Times focuses on the fact that neither ruling will help gays or lesbians in Chicago.
The couple on the front of RedEye was photographed in Chicago’s “boystown” district by Tribune staffer Anthony Souffle. The Sun-Times also used a picture from the northside, but from Charles Rex Arbogast of the Associated Press.
Average free daily distribution for RedEye is about 250,000. The Sun-Times circulates about 184,801 papers daily.
In Davenport, too, the Quad-City Times went with local celebration art. This picture is by staffer John Schultz.
But look at the headline: Sets the state for fights at the state level. Yep. Less of a grabber headline. But more accurate — especially for folks in the Midwest.
However, I had to admire this front by yet another Northeastern Gannett paper. Sure, some of these states — in this case, New Jersey — might not gain gay marriage with Wednesday’s decision. But it’s just a matte of time.
The picture is from the Associated Press.
Now, let’s turn our focus to California, which did indeed gain — or, perhaps, I should say regain — gay marriage with Wednesday’s decision. The governor said Wednesday he’d honor the lower court’s earlier smackdown of Proposition 8 and have officials issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples as soon as the legal paperwork goes through on a court-ordered temporary stay. It should take about a month, he said.
LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP
Los Angeles, Calif.
So with gay marriage in fact the new law of the land, California papers have a bit more leeway to refer to things like weddings and marches. The L.A. Daily News did well with this great headline and a celebration shot by staffer Hans Gutknecht.
That’s the L.A. Daily News, of course, circulation 94,016.
That same design played out across many of the group’s front pages Thursday. From left:
- Long Beach Press-Telegram, circulation 82,556
- Torrance Daily Breeze, circulation 15,000
- Pasadena Star-News, circulation 24,778
- Covina San Gabriel Valley Tribune, circulation 59,989
- Whittier Daily News, circulation 14,691
The group’s San Bernadino Sun opted for a different photo, by staffer Will Lester…
…as did the Daily Facts of Redlands (circulation 6,607) and the Inland Daily Bulletin of Ontario (circulation 61,699).
BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Up in the Bay area, the couple in the left of this lead photo look happy, but not so much for the rest of the folks in the background.
The picture is by staffer Jane Tyska.
On the left is the Oakland Tribune, circulation 52,459. On the right is the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, circulation 67,464.
SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Santa Cruz paper led with a picture of a man waving a hybrid rainbow banner + U.S. flag.
The picture is by staffer Kevin Johnson.
U-T SAN DIEGO
San Diego, Calif.
The San Diego paper found a massive street parade going on in the wake of the announcement. Which, naturally, made for great A1 art.
The fabulous photo is by staffer K.C. Alfred.
The paper loses points, however, for its display type. When is the last time you’ve seen the word “bolster” used outside of a headline?
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Times, as you might expect, covered a lot of bases on page one. The headline was plain and simple. The lead art focused on which justice voted which way.
And a great celebration picture by staffer Al Seib played well downpage.
Particularly nice is the headline on the sidebar about the losing side:
A movement swept aside
Prop. 8 backers go from jubilant to marginalized in five years
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Santa Ana, Calif.
The best headline of the day, however, was by my colleagues one desk over at the Orange County Register.
You gotta love that. I’m told the Register‘s D.C. bureau chief, Cathy Taylor — who worked a very long day Wednesday — came up with that particular bit of genius.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
San Francisco, Calif.
There was a bit of rumbling yesterday on social media: How come the San Francisco Chronicle didn’t have a word about Prop 8 or DOMA on the front of Thursday’s newspaper?
Whenever you see something like that, you can bet there is some sort of wrap involved.
Sure enough, assistant managing editor for presentation Frank Mina tells us there was a wrap: An entire 12-page special section wrapped around Thursday’s Chronicle.
And what a glorious section it is. Click on any of these pages for a much larger — hopefully, readable — view.
Page one includes the banner headline everyone expected to see from the paper at Ground Zero of the fight for gay marriage rights.
The picture by staffer Michael Macor is of two local men who were plaintiffs in a case that went to the California Supreme Court several years ago. And, like most of the pictures in the section, it was shot live Wednesday for Thursday’s paper.
Page two (below, left) holds the jump of the main story. The picture of a man celebrating on the steps of the Supreme Court building in D.C. is by Pete Marovich of MCT.
On page three is a sidebar about a local couple who hope to get married.
Across the top of those pages are quotes from the rulings themselves.
Across the tops of pages four and five are Q&A type factoids about the rulings.
Page four focuses on the opponents of gay marriage and what they can do about the ruling. The picture of a preacher praying in front of the supreme court building is by Joshua Roberts of Bloomberg.
Page five addresses what may or may not happen now across the nation. The picture of two local men is by staffer Ian C. Bates.
Across the bottom is a column about the impact of the decision on personal finances.
The center spread is a picture page experience showing folks waiting for and reacting to the ruling.
The biggest picture at upper right is by staffer Lacy Atkins.
Page eight (below, left) is a celebration story and illustrated with a picture by Carlos Avila Gonzalez. Like in Chicago, there was already a gay pride event scheduled for this weekend in San Francisco. I imagine that’ll be quite the party.
The picture at the top of page nine (upper right) is the one I really wanted to see. That’s former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. In 2004, he ordered city officials to fulfill requests for marriage licenses by gay and lesbian couples — pretty much in open defiance of state law at the time. That’s pretty much what started the ball rolling that resulted in Wednesday’s rulings.
Newsom, by the way, is now Lieutenant Governor.
The photo is by staffer Lea Suzuki.
Pages 10 and 11 are editorial pages. The paper supported gay marriage, not surprisingly. And note the editorial atop page 11: Despite Wednesday’s rulings, this is still a conservative court.
In particular, I like the editorial cartoon by Tom Meyer.
At the bottom left, note a story entitled “By any means necessary?” This addresses the decision made by the state government, several years ago, to not argue in favor of Proposition 8. This was a radical idea that eventually led directly to the technicality that caused that conservative court to not intervene. That was the real turning point of the case, as it turns out.
The back page, 12, holds a giant chronology of the entire Prop 8 case from the wedding licenses at the San Francisco City Hall to the Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday.
Across the bottom of the back page is a a great column about a federal judge who heard the Prop 8 case in 2010 and ruled against it. He wasn’t surprised by Wednesday’s ruling, he says.
Not long after his decision, the judge retired. It was then that he revealed that he, himself, is gay. That led to supporters of Proposition 8 filing for appeal on the grounds that the judge shouldn’t have heard the case in the first place.
So this was yet another major figure in the history of Prop 8.
The San Francisco Chronicle pages are courtesy of Frank Mina. The rest are all from the Newseum. Of course.