Mississippi’s Laurel Leader Call ran a front page story on February about the first same sex marriage in the county, and received a bunch of hate mail. The paper’s owner has just published an editorial defending the decision, Yahoo News reports:
We were well aware that the majority of people in Jones County are not in favor of gay marriage. However, any decent newspaper with a backbone can not base decisions on whether to cover a story based on whether the story will make people angry. The job of a community newspaper is not pretending something didn’t take place or ignoring it because it will upset people. No, our job is to inform reads what is going on in our own and let them make their own judgments. That is exactly what we did with the wedding story.
Excatly the same thing happened when our local paper here in El Dorado County, California, a notoriously conservative county, published our wedding story in 2004. There was a huge outcry and a war of letters that lasted for weeks, with all the usual suspects saying how horrible it was for their children to have seen such a thing on the front page, and how our marriage was wrecking society. Our hearts go out to Jessica and Crystal.