This photo, apparently, generated a lot of comments from readers in London (which, apparently, has a reputation as a rather conservative town). To be fair, many, if not most, of the comments were positive and supportive. However, they're not funny. The funny ones were the angry letters from demented squeakers who think that a photo of two men kissing signals the beginning of Satan's reign on Earth. I present a few choice excerpts below.
PASSION FOR TRUTH INVOLVES IGNORING CERTAIN TRUTHS
"Disgusting. I'm ashamed to be a London Free Press reader, I'm ashamed to be an Ontarian, I'm ashamed to be Canadian. We need to have a passion for truth and what's right."
GOD: "AW, DARN IT"
"We really disagree with this. It's totally wrong and it's not the way it's supposed to be. God will be disappointed."
THINK OF THE CHILDREN, AND ALL SUBSETS THEREOF
"God condemns that behaviour. It's wrong. It's wicked. Kids, boys and girls, teenagers see that."
SOCIAL PROGRAM MIGHT COST MONEY
"It was a disgusting picture. It's going to cost the taxpayer and the government benefits. That's been completely overlooked."
ME NO WANT KIDS SEE GAY KISS. YOU UNDERSTAND?
"Children see this. I don't want to have to explain this to children. Do I make myself clear?"
WHAT'S NEXT, MONKEYS WEARING LITTLE OUTFITS?
"I'm afraid of what it's going to lead to. Having two men or two women getting married makes my stomach turn."
THE THOUGHT OF TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE MAKES ME VIOLENTLY ANGRY
"Don't tell me how to think. If I ever came face to face with you, I think I'd hit you."
AS FAR AS THE LAW IS CONCERNED, HOWEVER...
"I was disgusted. The country was founded on Christianity. God made man and woman. As far as we're concerned, laws have been broken."
LOUSY FAGGOT HIPPIE TREE-HUGGER ANIMAL RIGHTS COMMIES
"I'm a subscriber, but I've decided to cancel because of the picture and the animal rights groups the paper seems to favour."
I AM VERY OLD AND CANNOT CONTROL MY DIGESTIVE FUNCTIONS
"In all my 90 years, this is the most disgusting thing I have seen in any newspaper. It's enough to make a person vomit."
LEFT-HANDED COMPLIMENTS DEPT.
"You did it for sensationalism. You are the most sensational editor The Free Press has ever had."
BECAUSE GOD AND JESUS AND THE BIBLE
"The press has a duty not to print pictures like that. It just adds legitimacy. God has a plan for us and for marriage and that's not part of the plan."
REAL: 900-YEAR-OLD MEN, DRAGONS, TALKING SNAKES
"I was disgusted when I saw that picture. When the Right to Life had a beautiful gala dinner last fall at Wonderland Gardens, nothing was printed. I think whoever is in charge should open a Bible and see what is real."
SO THERE! HAW, RUN RINGS ROUND YOU LOGICALLY
"You call it a marriage. In my dictionary, it means between a male and a female. Not only did it lack taste, it lacked accuracy."
HOW DO YOU KNOW? HOW DO YOU EVER REALLY KNOW?
"How do you know they (gay men) are in love? They just say they are."
LIKE, SAY, NIGGERS
"These people are a minority. Why does Canada have to give every minority what it asks for?"
WE ARE NOT AMUSED
"The worst and most disgusting front page we have ever seen. Shame."
"By publishing that picture, you have offended your readers. If you want to keep readers, then you make more of an effort to serve them."
IT'S BECAUSE UNLIKE GOD, PERVERTS REALLY EXIST
"It is an unholy union according to the lawmaker God. I cannot fathom how perverts now make the laws rather than God."
I AM LAUGHING IN SAD DISGUST
"That is not love, that is a sickness. Not only is the picture disgusting, but it is laughable. What a sad commentary on your part as editor, to allow this garbage on the front page. If I was you, I'd be afraid of losing my job for OKing this sick picture of two individuals who are living a twisted lifestyle."