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NH Paper: Marriage Is Between Men And Women

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I'm sure you remember this couple, Greg and Aurelio, who tried unsuccessfully to have their wedding announcement published in the Union-Leader, the second-largest newspaper in New Hampshire. The two will marry in that state, where same-sex marriage became legal at the beginning of the year. The paper's publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, has released a statement defending the decision to not print the wedding notice. McQuaid also claims that, though the Union-Leader, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, that does not make the paper anti-gay.

The full statement:

"This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples. 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, and our opposition to the recent state law legalizing gay marriage.

That law was not subject to public referendum and the governor (John Lynch) who signed it was elected after telling voters that he was opposed to gay marriage. Indeed, in no state where the public has been allowed a direct vote on the subject has gay marriage prevailed.

We are not "anti-gay." We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been.
While the law sanctions gay marriage, it neither demands that churches perform them or that our First Amendment right to choose what we print be suspended. In accordance with that right, we continue our longstanding policy of printing letters to the editor from New Hampshire citizens, whether or not they agree with us."

Meanwhile, Greg and Aurelio will still marry today. Congratulations, guys!

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  1. "We are not "anti-gay." We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been."

    I am not anti-jornalism. I just want to see this disgusting rag cease publication.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 23, 2010 2:06:27 PM


  2. "That law was not subject to public referendum and the governor (John Lynch) who signed it was elected after telling voters that he was opposed to gay marriage. Indeed, in no state where the public has been allowed a direct vote on the subject has gay marriage prevailed."

    Folks need to learn how judicial review works and get the fuck over this idea that we "should all get to vote" on everything without having any more detailed knowledge of law.

    If you don't remember enough from 9th Grade Civics to realize that this is how judicial review _works_ in America, then you damn well shouldn't presume yourself better educated in the law than the folks who have actually studied it professionally.

    Posted by: TomSkylark | Oct 23, 2010 2:18:54 PM


  3. That "not anti-gay" statement is ridiculous. It's like saying "I"m not racist. I just think it's important that lunch counters and voting booths remain the sole territory of whites."

    Posted by: Chicago | Oct 23, 2010 2:19:23 PM


  4. The locals need to open a big can of gay whoop-ass backlash on this homophobic newspaper.

    Posted by: acorlando | Oct 23, 2010 2:23:13 PM


  5. The Union-Leader is a vile right-wing shill, and has been for 100 years. It exists to spread the propaganda of its right-wing owners, who seek to brainwash the more ignorant New Hampshire residents into voting for their cronies who promote "business-first" initiatives like shipping jobs overseas and anti-affirmative action laws.

    Fortunately, the paper is suffering financially (like most newspapers) and has been forced to cut back on its distribution within the state.

    Posted by: ChimChim | Oct 23, 2010 2:26:58 PM


  6. Fellas,

    Congratulations on your marriage and loving relationship. I have to tell you, go get a good immigration attorney. All this publicity is compromising the Venezualan's stay in the US. Because your marriage is demonstrating a possible intent to overstay your visa. While occasionally asylum cases are granted, South America is fast outpacing the US in granting LGBT rights. We have hate-crimes in the US too. Contact Immigration Equality or hire a good attorney like I said. Best of luck.

    While all of us would want nothing more than to simply congratulate these two, without DOMA repeal or immigration reform the relationships of US citizens with foreign born partners is always complicated by the US citizens inability to petition for a permanent visa for his/her partner.

    My partner and I are now residing in Brasil which allows their citizens to petition for their foreign born same sex partners (me). The US is cruel and unjust in its treatment of its LGBT citizenry.

    I am loving Dan Choi and Dan Savage. I spent most of my career as a social work trying to effect change one person, group or family at a time. I love the wider net that gets cast with modern media, ie blogs, you-tube, etc.

    Can't wait for the USA to enter the 21st century.

    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 23, 2010 2:29:31 PM


  7. you can find the Union Leader on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/unionleader

    I'm trying to find a list of advertisers, for this sad, piece of shit paper so we can start asking them how they feel about funding a homophobic publication like this.

    Posted by: JSH | Oct 23, 2010 2:30:22 PM


  8. Concord Lincoln-Mercury are advertisers for the Union Leader here is their contact page:

    http://www.concordlincolnmercury.com/displayform.asp?id=4&keywords=contact

    Posted by: JSH | Oct 23, 2010 2:36:08 PM


  9. I find this as no big surprise. As I have lived in NH for the last 16 years (and half of that time in Manchester, where the paper is based), I have come to know this newspaper as having a staunch reputation for being a very conservative newspaper. Many in the liberal set refer to it as the 'Useless Leader'. I still recall to this day, a front-page op-ed piece that Nackey Loeb, the late wife of the newspaper's founder, wrote and referred to homosexuality as being akin to pigs and ducks having sex together. I feel bad that these two men couldn't have their wedding announcement printed, but the fact that it's the narrow-minded view of this particular newsrag comes as no shock to me! Luckily, there are other newspapers in the area (such as the Concord Monitor or the Portsmouth Herald) that would have printed it without so much as a blink of the eye!

    Posted by: Barry F | Oct 23, 2010 2:42:50 PM


  10. "This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from INTERRACIAL couples. 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 OF THE SAME RACE as it's always been, and our opposition to the recent state law legalizing INTERRACIAL marriage."

    Sounds kind of racist when it's put it this context. So, yeah, they ARE anti-gay and virulently homophobic bigots.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Oct 23, 2010 3:09:08 PM


  11. They should relocate their wedding to MA, VT, or CT then tell all the NH businesses that will not be getting their business that it's the newspaper's fault. Money is power.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 23, 2010 3:10:48 PM


  12. Those who claim love is a choice haven't experienced it.

    Posted by: pete | Oct 23, 2010 3:39:59 PM


  13. "We are not "anti-gay." We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been." - Like the Bachelorette? Like prisoners being able to marry people who send them letters? Like divorce? That f*cking institution?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 23, 2010 3:47:42 PM


  14. Let me see...they won't publish a wedding announcement of a gay couple even though it's legal in the state because the paper, as a business, is against gay marriage.

    Yet they will publish letters to the editor they disagree with. And carry news that they disagree with.

    I'm smelling a big fat lawsuit. Damn, I wish I'd tried to put my wedding announcement in that paper. I'd be rich (sue 'em Dan and Aurelio, sue 'em good.)

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 23, 2010 4:11:01 PM


  15. "Marriage Is Between Men And Women"

    They're men, so what's the problem?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 23, 2010 5:03:17 PM


  16. I live in NH and the Union Leader is a republican newspaper, it’s a known fact. This statement was nothing more than a political move, trying to bash the Governor who signed marriage equality into law, because they support his opponent in the current governors race.

    As for there referendum claim, there is no referendum process in NH, They could propose a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality but I can guarantee you it would fail in NH as you need it takes years to get the question on the ballet because it requires a constitutional convention and then it would need two/thirds of the vote to pass.

    Finally I would say that the paper has the right to free speech and not print this wedding announcement. This is not an example of a vendor denying them because of their orientation, a photographer for example who does weddings cannot decide they wouldn’t do a same-sex wedding because of their religious beliefs, the only exemption in NH is clergy and churches.

    Posted by: Jason | Oct 23, 2010 5:15:27 PM


  17. It addition to the obvious boycott of the newspaper and its website, the **advertisers** in the newspaper and its website should be boycotted. (Look at the paper in the library and note its advertisers...and call them up.) The publisher is entitled to his views, and consumers are entitled to take their business elsewhere.

    Posted by: BOYCOTT THE ADVERTISERS | Oct 23, 2010 5:19:37 PM


  18. Looking at their website, I see their advertisers include:

    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England
    Southern New Hampshire University
    Concord Lincoln-Mercury

    Posted by: BOYCOTT THE ADVERTISERS | Oct 23, 2010 5:23:03 PM


  19. "We are not "anti-gay." Nope. Just plain old hetero-sexist, hetero-normative, hetero, hetero, hetero . . .

    Posted by: Dickster | Oct 23, 2010 6:20:36 PM


  20. What a handsome couple! They look like Russell Crowe and Justin Timberlake.

    I hope other NH papers will profile the couple as well as the bigoted policy, and that advertisers will pull out of the "Useless Leader."

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 23, 2010 7:29:30 PM


  21. As others have pointed out, the Union-Leader is a notoriously right-wing Republican newspaper. Not publishing the wedding announcements of couples who are legally marrying in your state is so obviously anti-gay that it's completely laughable that they are holding on to the lie that it isn't. Cowards! If you're proudly anti-gay, just admit it. They represent the small, bitter minority that can't deal with the fact that marriage equality has come to the state and is permanent. It's a paper for those who hate the future.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 23, 2010 8:08:07 PM


  22. Hmmmmm. Sounds like somebody (Greg and Aurelio) perhaps should write a 'Letter to the Editor' announcing their marriage. The Editors and Publishers might disagree but they'd still have to publish it, right?

    Also, congrats to the happy couple!

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 23, 2010 8:46:58 PM


  23. It is absolutely their right not to publish the announcement. I whole heartedly support their ignorance. It proves that you can't police thought, all you can do is protect ALL of your constituents equally under the law.

    Posted by: JP | Oct 23, 2010 9:31:41 PM


  24. Whatever. This is a privately owned propaganda publication that trades in bigotry. They aren't interested in news or objectivity or journalism. So fuck 'em--boycott, woohoo. Something tells me that they know who their readership is, and it ain't college educated people. Let 'em go out of business

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 23, 2010 9:54:27 PM


  25. well those in NH ...LGBT, friends and families should BOYCOTT that nazi propaganda paper.

    Posted by: Bosie | Oct 24, 2010 12:18:22 AM


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