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New Hampshire Paper Won't Run Gay Marriage Announcement

New Hampshire Paper Won't Run Gay Marriage Announcement

Gay marriage is legal in New Hampshire, but that doesn't mean all nuptials are treated equally. The state's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, has refused to print a newlywed couple's announcement simply because they're gay. The decision was not an oversight but a political decision, according to publisher Joseph W. McQuaid, who said:

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.

Of course, he went on to say that the paper is not antigay, but simply "for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been." Seems like the paper shares the opinion of President Obama, who cut an "It Gets Better" ad to speak out against gay bullying, but still opposes gay marriage. Do you think such a position is possible? Can you support gay Americans while opposing gay marriage?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Trolls like to confuse people.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
^ Haha, I'm just confused as to what *gays* is supposed to mean...
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
"Asterik gays don't support the fight for equality! " Best. Sentence. Ever. LOL
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Haha... *gays*... wtf? Attention! Asterik gays don't support the fight for equality!
vinigrette vinigrette 5 years
@Mediabiz - "BTW, many *gays* do NOT support gay marriage." Troll alert. I'm sorry, but how many "gays" do you know that don't want equal civil rights? Your comment strikes me as ignorant (plus you didn't finish it), but if you were going to argue semantics, I think we're all aware that we're talking about the civil institution of marriage here - not the religious one.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Joseph wasn't thinking to brightly though, it was pretty obvious this would make the news and cause gay rights groups to fight against him. I'm sure no one or very, very few people would have unsubscribed because of a gay marriage announcement. Many people probably wouldn't have even given it thought. Now if I lived there, I would have unsubscribed because of this.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
Not many people have the courage to say how they really feel. The president wants to please both sides to keep his approval rating up. Newspapers don't want to lose subscribers as already mentioned. It's a game and people are being played.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
This is absurd. I agree with the majority here.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I agree with Pistil 100%.
stephley stephley 5 years
You can support gays but oppose gay marriage in a destined to fail, separate but equal, way. Does this mean the paper supports and approves everything else it publishes?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
No. No further explanation needed.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
Pistil, that's what I thought, too...Why is a newspaper even having an opinion? Shouldn't they deliver facts? Fact is, someone got married. Whether they like it or not, that couple is gay. I don't think that position is possible though, like postmodern said, how can you support gays and then say you don't want them to have the same rights as everybody else? Doesn't make much sense.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Newspapers censoring the news in order to validate the owners' opinions? Sounds just fine to me!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
No, I don't think you can be fully supportive of gay Americans when you're opposed to gay marriage. Anti-marriage views for gays is rooted in nothing but bigotry, no matter which way you try to justify it. That's like saying you're all for supporting African Americans, but you still back segregation laws. Doesn't work that way.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I think the position is possible, but should newspapers have opinions? Shouldn't any credible news source be as unbiased as possible? Do they refuse to print news articles on topics they disagree with? I've never heard of anything like that over here.
icecreamsprinkle icecreamsprinkle 5 years
I don't see anything wrong with this. It's just one newspaper's opinion, who's to say it's more right or wrong than anyone else's?
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
No.
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