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Associated Press: Use Terms 'Husband' or 'Wife' in Articles About Married Same-Sex Couples


Recently the Associated Press issued writing guidance to its journalists advising them to use the terms 'couples' or 'partners' when routinely referring to same-sex married couples. This is atrocious. How dare the Associated Press disrespect the legality of these marriages. See the guidance below:

[SAME-SEX COUPLES: We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves “husband” and “wife.” Our view is that such terms may be used in AP content if those involved have regularly used those terms (“Smith is survived by his husband, John Jones”) or in quotes attributed to them. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.]

Tell the Associated Press to start routinely using the terms 'husband' or 'wife' when referring to the spouses of legally-married same-sex couples, in the same way they would refer to the spouses in an opposite-sex marriage. This double standard in language basically supports ongoing discrimination against married same-sex couples by treating them to a different standard.

Reference Articles

"Associated Press Decides Married Same-Sex Couples Aren't Really Married"
(Huffington Post, 2/13/13)

"AP bans use of words 'husband,' 'wife' for legally-wed gay couples"
(America Blog, 2/12/13)

"AP's Memo on Same-Sex Couples" (Jim Romenesko, 2/11/13)

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