Gay Couples on Noah’s Ark?

Well, isn’t the rainbow part of the story, as well as a major gay symbol? What other couples would you expect?

Kittredge Cherry at Jesus in Love blog has some wonderful shots of a painting by Paul Richmond, depicting well -known gay coples, and same sex animal pairs, enjoying married bliss on the decks, with prominent foes of equality drowning in the sea.  Writes Kittredge:

600px-Rainbow_in_BudapestHe was moved to create the work after California’s Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage last fall. Demonstrations across the United Stin support of marriage equality inspired Richmond to paint a wickedly funny satire on the classic Bible story.


In Genesis 6-9, God commands Noah to gather his family and heterosexual pairs of animals into a boat to rescue them from the global flood sent to destroy human evil and the violence of nature. After the flood, a rainbow appears as a symbol of God’s promise never again to destroy all life on earth.

How appropriate that the rainbow has become a symbol of GLBT pride! Richmond puts a fresh twist on the Biblical epic with his sweeping vision of a gay-positive new world. A rainbow flag flies high on the mast of Noah’s gay cruise ship. “As the clouds begin to part, a heavenly rainbow appears in the sky to remind hopeful voyagers that full legal recognition and acknowledgement of same-sex love is just over the horizon,” Richmond explains.

This is huge fun, with the visual puns spelt out for those unable to instantly recognise each face.  Just what we need to cheer us in the aftermath of the loss in Maine:  a reminder that victory in the long run will still be ours. Treat yourself.  Go to Jesus in Love and have a look.

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4 Responses to “Gay Couples on Noah’s Ark?”

  1. KittKatt Says:

    I’m glad that you share my enthusiasm for “Noah’s Gay Wedding Cruise.” One of my favorite scenes is Larry Craig hanging on to his toilet amid the waves.

    The artist Paul Richmond just informed me that the original painting has been selected for inclusion in this year’s OUTAuction benefiting the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

    Thank you for highlighting and linking to the Jesus in Love Blog again.

    • queeringthechurch Says:

      I always enjoy something with a bit of fun, and pointing to the hopeful at a time of disappointment, KittKatt. I’m also always delighted to point my readers to worthwhile posts elsewhere, so I was very happy to do so. I’m pleased you appreciated it.

  2. Aerin Says:

    Ah, the rainbow, of course!

    This post made me giggle, but not because I disagree with the basic principles of God’s blessings upon all creatures – just the whole gay cruise ship bit. 🙂

  3. Kittredge Cherry Says:

    It’s OK to laugh over Noah’s Gay Wedding Cruise. This painting was meant to bring a smile to the faces of LGBT people and our allies.


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