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Texas Newspaper Denies Gay Couple's Request for Wedding Announcement: VIDEO



A gay Texarkana couple's request for a wedding announcement was denied by a local newspaper this week on the grounds that the paper only includes 'marriages that are recognized by the states in which it circulates.' KSLA 12 spoke to the couple about their experience and what they thought of the Texarkana Gazette's anti-gay policy:

"They refused us because we are a gay couple," says Michelle Cooks. "And if the Pentagon has recognized, you know, giving same sex couples benefits," continues her partner Patricia Wrightner, "At least, I think we could..." "...put our picture in the paper," finishes Cook. They often finish each other's sentences.

Wrightner and Cooks say they've been together for over a year and plan to travel to New Mexico later this month to marry.

When they went to the Texarkana Gazette to have an announcement printed in the paper, they say were turned away. They call it discrimination.

"We were discriminated against," Cook says. "There's no other reason not to have our picture in the paper." 

A spokesperson for the Texarkana Gazette says it's a matter of policy. 

"The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates," says a statement from Editor Les Minor in response to an inquiry from KSLA News 12 on Wednesday. "This policy has been in place for several years. Neither Texas nor Arkansas allows same-sex marriages or recognizes same-sex marriages from other states. If those laws change, this newspaper will re-examine its policy."

Texas and Arkansas remain two of the 29 states that have no laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 

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  1. So, which, precisely, OTHER marriages are there that are valid elsewhere but not recognized by the cesspits… I mean, areas… in which the paper circulates?

    Saying that this isn't anti-gay discrimination when gay marriages are the only weddings to which the policy actually applies is disingenuous at best.

    Of course it's anti-gay discrimination. That's the POINT. Own it or stop it, assholes.

    Posted by: Lymis | Sep 7, 2013 10:14:16 AM

  2. So if someone orders a subscription to be sent to another state that DOES allow marriages for same-sex couples, will they put the announcements in the paper then?

    Posted by: A.E. | Sep 7, 2013 10:40:09 AM

  3. "If those laws change, this newspaper will re-examine its policy."

    Of course they will, at that point. They'll re-examine and then change their policy so that once again they can refuse to put gay wedding announcements in their rag based on 'policy'.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 7, 2013 10:42:37 AM

  4. Let's hope all the discussion about Texas seceding leads to them leaving the US.
    Good riddance

    Posted by: Bubba | Sep 7, 2013 10:44:53 AM

  5. Their newpaper policy has NOTHING to do with state laws, discrimitory or otherwise

    This Paper's "Spokesperaon" and, ergo,, Editor, is an ass, who is vastly over-stretching the truth in order to fit his Personal Hatred of Gays.

    There is NOTHING preventing him from publishing the announcement OTHER than his hate. He looooves him some Hate.

    So maybe he'd like a one way ticket to Moscow, where he can run a paper that IS TRULY subject to Governemnt Policy and Censorship.

    He must love the fact that in Russia, printing a Gay Weding Announcement would be considered Pro-Gay propaganda and result in the editorial staff's imprisonment. That's definately the way 'free speech' works in Russia.


    What's good for Russia is good for Texas,


    Posted by: David | Sep 7, 2013 10:59:01 AM

  6. We're talking Texas, George Bush Country.
    Everything in Texas is bigger - including the stupidity and bigotry.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 7, 2013 11:42:59 AM

  7. It's really hard to believe that the paper has had a policy in place for this. I think that a newspaper in general circulation MUST accept paid advertising. So hopefully some gay people will put together a few bucks and buy a wedding announcement for these ladies.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 7, 2013 12:24:42 PM

  8. Uh, people still read newspapers? That's news to me.

    Posted by: Anthony | Sep 7, 2013 12:31:40 PM

  9. Sorry, but the Texarkana Gazette does offer a web-only subscription service, so technically they circulate in all 13 pro-equal marriage states. They are discriminating. Time for some legal action in Texarkana. It will soon be a blue state, so get ready Texas men and women, gay marriage is coming, eventually.

    Posted by: peteregan | Sep 7, 2013 1:06:57 PM

  10. @CHRIS

    Yes, their statement was a little strange. Their policy is to only print notices for legally recognized marriages, but if the law changes they will re-examine the policy. Huh?

    Posted by: Merv | Sep 7, 2013 1:18:00 PM

  11. Has the world gone mad? Bring on WWIII.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 7, 2013 10:17:24 PM

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