Gay campaigners have criticised the New York Post for publishing an anti-gay cartoon in reaction to last week’s New Jersey ruling on same sex unions.

New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that gay couples should be equal before the law last week, prompting the Post’s cartoonist to draw a man carrying a sheep wearing a bridal ceil to get married in the US state.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called the publication “repugnant” and has asked supporters to complain to the newspaper’s managing editor.

It is the second time the Post has printed a cartoon satirising the gay community after earlier this month printing a cartoon showing a caricature of Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey “comforting” ousted Congressman Mark Foley with the caption, “Look on the bright side Foley, you’ll have a best selling book,” alluding to his own autobiography about coming out.

Sean Lund, GLAAD’s director of messaging and communications strategy, said: “Twice in one month the New York Post has seen fit to publish a repugnant anti-gay cartoon.”

“It’s unacceptable for any publication to platform this type of bigotry.”