SAN FRANCISCO — A quirky cartoonist trying to assuage political sensibilities ran into double trouble.
Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro said he developed two texts for a gay marriage cartoon to give newspapers an option, after learning from King Features that some editors had complained about his left-leaning politics.
But because of a glitch, every newspaper that published the cartoon in color Thursday ran the gay marriage version. Papers that used the black-and-white cartoon, including The Times, got the much tamer one that made no reference to homosexuality.
In the original cartoon, a surgeon tells another man: "Your husband is in the recovery room. You could go back and see him if you like, but our government-sanctioned bigotry forbids it."