AP: 'Husband' or 'Wife' Acceptable to Use for All Married Couples, Regardless of Sexual Orientation
A new entry in the AP stylebook, added today:
husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.
Said AP Senior Managing Editor for U.S. News Mike Oreskes: "The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife. All the previous conversation was in the absence of such a formal entry. This lays down clear and simple usage. After reviewing existing practice, we are formalizing 'husband, wife' as an entry."
See HERE for background.