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NY Post’s headline belittles Elton John, David Furnish birth annoucement

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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Singer Elton John and his partner David Furnish announced this week they have become parents after a surrogate mother from California gave birth to their son on Christmas day.
But amid notes of congratulations, the New York Posthas come under fire for its print and online headline, “Elton & wife proud dads.”
“It is just a cheap, dull, and unoriginal joke, that it’s below the NY Post, which prides itself on having some of the cleverest headlines in the business.
Oh, and it’s doubly offensive to gay men, not only because it says that anyone who would want to enter into a relationship with another man is womanly, but also because it also pokes fun at the fact that we can’t even get married if we want to.”
Their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces. John, 63, and Furnish, 48, have been together 17 years, and have been in a civil partnership since 2005.
“We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment. Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents,” the couple said in a statement.


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