Start printing same sex marriage announcement/engagements/anniversaries
  • Petitioned Rusty Turner

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Northwest Arkansas Times and their parent company
Rusty Turner

Start printing same sex marriage announcement/engagements/anniversaries

    1. Laura Phillips
    2. Petition by

      Laura Phillips

      Fayetteville, AR

My name is Jay Phillips and my wife Laura Phillips and I are from Fayetteville, AR.  You may recall our son Will, who took refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance due to the lack of “Liberty and Justice for all”, especially for LGBT folks.  Since then, we’ve made a lot of strides towards fulfilling this aspiration.  However, in every part of the Nation, we have much work yet to do and are fighting daily for the rights of all. 

 Now meet our friend Cody Renegar.   He survived a difficult childhood and the foster system to serve in the Army, establish himself as a well known and sought after stylist, writer, and charitable worker.  He's as good a man as he is a father & in June, he is going to marry his dearest love, Thomas.   A short while ago, he asked to have his wedding announcement in our local paper the NWA Times and was told that the policy of the paper is to only print wedding announcements for marriages legally recognized by the State of Arkansas.  Since he told me of this, Laura and I have been working with Cody and many others to help change this discriminatory policy by the newspaper and it’s publisher Rusty Turner.  After discussing the matter with Mr. Turner, I am convinced this policy will only be changed when the people let him know how much it matters to them.

 It is my opinion that Mr. Turner would like to see the policy changed and lacks only the support necessary to justify his papers elimination of the policy.  Please help us to help him help his paper step into the 21st century and end a policy that once upon a time would have discriminated against interacial marriages as well.  By doing so, you’ll help the cause of Equality and ensure that Cody & Thomas get the wedding they deserve.

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. WEHCO information included.

      Laura Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      WEHCO is the local company that owns the paper, as opposed to the publisher. Please feel free to visit any one of their papers and ask tough questions.

    3. Stephens Media 1111 West Bonanza Road (89106) P.O. Box 70 (89125-0070) Las

      Laura Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      This is the media group that owns the paper. Please feel free to contact them as well.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. yahoo news has picked up the story!

      Laura Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      Please, keep spreading the news!

    6. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sandy Rzepka STREAMWOOD, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I feel that each and every person deserves to be treated equally - no matter what their race or sexual orientation is. This is America - home of the brave and land of the "FREE".

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    • Michael Franklin WEST LIBERTY, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Separate is Not Equal!

      All Humans should have Equal Rights and should not have to fight for them!

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    • Chelsea McGregor ROGERS, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Equality for all. Marriage is a right not a privilege. I want to see my gay friends happy and in love... and free to express it.

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    • Cheryl Fowler PENNSAUKEN, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      It being a long-standing policy just means that you've been wrong for a long time, Mr. Turner. Print the marriage announcement.

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    • Amber Brown BENTONVILLE, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Since my mother left when I was 4 and my brother wasn't even a year old, we were raised by our father who came out of the closet when I was in 7th grade. It's sad and disheartening to me that gay people have to to fight for things that straight people get to take for granted, like they are somehow less of a citizen. That's appalling.

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