News that Elton John and David Furnish have become parents has been greeted in fairly sober fashion by most tabloid newspapers. The Sun, for example, goes with the simple “Baby joy for Elton and David” (relegated to the right-hand panel on today’s front page):
But five years ago to the month, the same paper couldn’t resist this unsubtle play on words when the same pair had their civil partnership:
In the intervening half-decade, has Britain become an ever more tolerant society? Or perhaps we shouldn’t use the Sun as a barometer of social norms . . .