Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Union Leader declines to publish gay couple’s wedding announcement

This native Granite Stater finds the growing outrage over the Union Leader’s decision not to publish a gay couple's wedding announcement rather curious.

Mo Baxley, executive director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry, correctly pointed out in a statement the newspaper’s “opposition to gays and lesbians being treated equally under the law is no secret to those of us that live in New Hampshire.” The Union Leader consistently opined against the state’s marriage equality law that took effect in January. And the newspaper once again highlighted this editorial position in defense of its decision not to publish Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine's wedding announcement.

“This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples," wrote the Union Leader in a statement. "It would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women."

While unfortunate, the newspaper has the right to publish (or in this case not publish) what it chooses. And while the outrage over the Union Leader’s decision not to publish Gould and Tine’s wedding announcement is certainly justified, anyone who thinks this rag will suddenly embrace LGBT people and their families is woefully naïve.

1 comment:

Ted Guthrie said...

Their "principled" decision not to publish announcements about a certain group of legally married people makes it clear that they're the Fox News of print: they don't report, they spin.