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Petitioning Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid and 3 others

Tell New Hampshire's Union Leader to Publish Same-Sex Wedding Announcements


New Hampshire made history when it became one of a handful of U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) to legalize same-sex marriage.

Perhaps someone ought to let one of the state's largest newspapers, The Union Leader, know. Because the newspaper has turned down a wedding announcement from a gay couple, saying that their newspaper policy prohibits them from printing announcements about gay weddings. Same-sex couples, according to The Union Leader, ought to be invisible.

The couple at the heart of this story, Aurelio and Greg, are exploding their story out through the blogosphere now, calling attention to The Union Leader's refusal to print their wedding announcement.  After all, New Hampshire not only has a marriage equality law on the book, but they also have good anti-discrimination laws intended to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In other words, The Union Leader has no leg to stand on, other than the tired precept that homophobia ought to dictate newspaper policies. Send The Union Leader a message now, urging them to get rid of their policy that prohibits same-sex wedding announcements from being printed.


Letter to
Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid
Executive Editor Tami Plyler
Special Sections Editor Bob Charest
and 1 other
Weddings Section
Recently, your newspaper refused to print the same-sex wedding announcement of a gay couple, citing a newspaper policy that "prohibits" you from printing the announcements of gay couples getting married.

This policy, if true, is rather absurd, given that New Hampshire is one of five U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia) that recognizes same-sex marriage. Why render invisible individuals who have the legal right to marry in your state?

I urge you to reconsider this policy. It is offensive to the majority of New Hampshire residents who support same-sex marriage, and it's a disservice to your gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender readers and constituents. I expect better from New Hampshire's largest newspaper.

Thank you for your time.

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