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- Posted on Jan 27th 2011 6:45AM by Chris Cottingham
The image features the 63-year-old singer together with his civil partner David Furnish and their new son, Zachary, born via a surrogate on December 25, 2010. One retailer in Mountain Home, Arkansas, a state not known for its tolerance of homosexuality, covered up the picture with a so-called 'family shield' of the kind more normally seen on top shelf titles.
A local woman, Jennifer Huddleston, saw the censored magazine in a Harps grocery store and posted a photo on Twitter, reports Contact Music. Gay and lesbian groups have reacted angily to the incident. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Harps said that the move came in response to a number of customer complaints, but that it was "in no way our opinion on this issue." They added, "We do not have an opinion on this issue."
Thus far, Sir Elton has maintained a dignified silence on the matter.