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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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SC: Paper Publishes First Same Sex Wedding Announcement

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Andrew Sullivan points us to the above wedding announcement published by South Carolina’s largest daily newspaper. Rather than smile at the image of all those good ole boys freaking out over today’s paper, let’s wish the happy couple our best.

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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Gay Couples Learn that Discrimination is Very Pricey

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Marriage EqualityMark Reed-Walkup and Dante Walkup, a gay couple recently married, wanted what many happily engaged couples want: to have their wedding announcement printed in a big newspaper so that family, friends and the general public at large get the news.

This is something very common amongst all couples, so Mark and Dante had no qualms about contacting the Dallas Morning News to run their wedding announcement.

However, the couple was quickly met with conflict. Although their marriage was perfectly legal, the Dallas Morning News, specifically CEO and Publisher James Moroney, stated unequivocally that the announcement would not make the paper.

In no uncertain terms, the couple was told to simply go away, due to a policy that strictly prohibits even the announcement of same-sex marriage – even if it takes place in a legal jurisdiction.

Okay. This kind of thing happens. It’s wrong. It’s disgusting. But it’s not the end of the world. Dante and Mark were still married; it’s just another backward policy at a slow-to-change paper. Nothing new. Well, at least that’s what the couple thought.

Shortly after the paper declined to run the ad, Mark received an invoice to the tune of $1,034 – the total cost of a wedding announcement that was banned entirely from the paper.

So, to get some insight on the Dallas Morning News, let’s look at their policy. They will not print any same-sex wedding announcement, but they will charge you over one thousand dollars if you dare ask them to do so. Now, we can’t all be superb examples of print media like this outfit in Dallas, obviously, but that seems like the biggest crock in history.

After a heated letter from Mark, in which he railed against the discriminatory practices and the confusing logic, stating that he found the invoice to be “unbelievable,” James Moroney responded in kind, adding that he would “take it up with sales” and even condescendingly thanked Mark for bringing it to his attention.

With most nationally respected newspapers giving gay couples a fair shake, and with over 8,000 disgruntled citizens challenging the practices of the Dallas Morning News, one might think they would get out of the bible’s unrelenting grasp and get with the times. And when you consider that the Internet threatens to make print media extinct, there seems to be even more pressure to give people what they want, bigoted policy be damned. After all, that $1,034 would help the paper and the ad would give it some more credibility.

But bigots are rarely logical and they are usually unwilling to bend. When the Dallas Morning News does finally die on the vine, CEO James “I See Gay People” Moroney (notice “moron” is actually in his name; you can’t make this stuff up!) will be at full fault. Let’s just hope this paper isn’t the recipient of any sneaky earmarks or bailout funds.

Let them go away. They’ve move than earned it.
This article was provided by Simon S who is a freelancer editor for several gay dating sites.

TX: Dallas Gay Couple Denied Wedding Announcement, Then Billed For It

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Texas Gay CoupleA gay couple whose wedding announcement was rejected by The Dallas Morning News has now been billed $1,034 for the ad that never ran.

In December, the News told Mark Reed-Walkup and Dante Walkup that their wedding announcement would not be included in the newspaper’s Weddings section since their wedding — conducted by an officiant in Washington, D.C., through Skype — was not legally recognized in Texas. Instead, the newspaper offered to put them in the Commitments section, which typically appears on the same page as Weddings.

According to Change.org, Reed-Walkup wrote an e-mail to the newspaper, wanting to know why they were recently issued a bill for the announcement that never ran.

Full Story from the Advocate

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PinkSixty News 11/26/10: Gay Wedding Announcement, HIV in the Philippines

Friday, November 26th, 2010

A gay couple are challenging the wedding announcement policy of The Dallas Morning News. Mark Read and Dante Walkup made news recently when an official in Washington DC – via digital application Skype – married them.

HIV infections are on the rise in the Philippines, bucking the worldwide trend reported by the UN that infection is declining. There have been 500 more infections there in this year than in 2009 already.

Full Story from Pink News

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IL: Lesbian Forced Out of Job After Wedding Announcement

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Illinois Lesbian FiredIt wasn’t being gay that cost Laine Tadlock her job in administration at Benedictine University’s Springfield campus. Her orientation was no secret to her employers. They knew when she was hired five years ago, Tadlock said.

It wasn’t that she and her life partner, Kae Helstrom, went to Iowa this summer to be married, after a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling opened the door to gay marriages in that state. Her employer knew the marriage was happening, too, she said.

But when Helstrom’s and Tadlock’s wedding announcement was published in The State Journal-Register, it was the beginning of the end for Tadlock’s tenure as director of the education program at Benedictine.

Full Story from The Peoria Journal Star

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NH: Paper Denies Gay Couple’s Wedding Announcement

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Gay Couple Denied Wedding AnnouncementDan Savage points us to this unfortunate story from New Hampshire.

Greg and Aurelio, who are marrying this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire, where same-sex marriage became legal on January 1, are being denied a wedding announcement by the Union-Leader, New Hampshire’s second-largest paper.

Kate Parker writes:

“The wedding is this Saturday and I received a phone call from Greg yesterday letting me know that he tried to get their wedding announced in the Union Leader, since Greg was from the Manchester, NH area. He was told that they don’t allow gay weddings to be announced and he asked to talk to the editor. The editor simply told him it has been the “policy of the newspaper” and that as the editor, he has the write (sic) to print whatever he’d like. This immediately outraged me, as Greg and Aurelio are legally allowed to marry in NH, NH has anti-discrimination laws in place that include sexual orientation, but because of the 1st Amendment, they were out of luck.”

Full Story from Towleroad

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NE: Omaha Paper Denies Lesbian Wedding Announcement

Monday, August 30th, 2010

It’s a tradition that’s spanned generations. But for one Omaha family, that tradition came to an sudden halt last weekend. Jeff and Heidi Wilke wanted to submit their daughter’s engagement announcement to the Omaha World Herald – only to find out it’s not allowed – simply because their daughter is gay.

It all started with Kristy Wilke’s engagement photo. Living in Minneapolis, she wanted to share the news of her engagement with friends and family back in Omaha.

After submitting the announcement to the paper Kristy’s great, great, great, great grandfather founded in 1885, her father received disappointing news.

Full Story from KPTM

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