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USA, Texas: Newspaper Refuses to Publish Same-Sex Wedding Announcement

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Patricia-Wrigtner-and-Michelle-CooksA newspaper in Texarkana, Texas has refused to publish the wedding announcement for a lesbian couple.

Think Progress reports:

Michelle Cooks points out that if the Pentagon can offer same-sex benefits, then she and her partner Patricia Wrightner should be able to put their picture in the Texarkana Gazette. But Editor Les Minor claimed that the newspaper has a policy based on state laws: MINOR: The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates. This policy have been in place for several years. Neither Texas nor Arkansas allows same-sex marriages or recognize same sex marriages from other states. If those laws change, this newspaper will re-examine its policy.

This is bullshit, and everyone knows it – these laws do not prohibit newspapers from publishing same-sex wedding announcements. It’s a personal choice.

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