The New Hampshire Union-Leader of Manchester is one of the state’s largest newspapers, but apparently they didn’t get the memo that same sex marriage has been legal in their state since January.
They sent an unapologetic and curt denial to the couple, Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine, who wanted to announce their wedding this weekend.
The wedding is this Saturday and I received a phone call from Greg yesterday letting me know that he tried to get their wedding announced in the Union-Leader, since Greg was from the Manchester, NH area.
He was told that they don’t allow gay weddings to be announced and he asked to talk to the editor. The editor simply told him it has been the “policy of the newspaper” and that as the editor, he has the write to print whatever he’d like.
This immediately outraged me, as Greg and Aurelio are legally allowed to marry in NH, NH has anti-discrimination laws in place that include sexual orientation, but because of the 1st Amendment, they were out of luck.
Update: U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes sent a letter to the editor of the Union Leader Friday night, denouncing the paper’s refusal to print gay-marriage announcements, reports the New Hampshire Sentinel Source.
Hodes called the newspaper’s policy to exclude gay marriage announcements “reprehensible.”