North Dakota's The Fargo Forum has refused to print the wedding announcement of a same-sex couple heading to New York to tie the knot. But it will return the $25 publication fee, surely making Allison Johnson and her fiance feel much better about the situation.
After receiving flak, the newspaper is said to be reviewing whether or not it should move into the 21st century:
The blowback, which includes subscription cancellation threats and an online petition that gained 1,300 names in under a day, prompted editor Matt Von Pinnon to announce a policy review via Facebook late Monday night, followed by a Tuesday story.
Allison Johnson, who plans to marry Kelsey Smith in Aug. 1, said the couple placed the ad on Saturday and received a Monday morning rejection from "Celebrations" editor Dianna Baumann...
...Johnson says coverage from competing Fargo media has been favorable — local station Y94 even placed the marriage announcement on their website. Ultimately, she says, "This is really just a matter of wanting to express love in way so many other people take for granted. It should be allowed and available, to anyone in love who wants to share their love."
As of publication time, the Forum has not returned our request for comment on the matter.
(Source: Tip; Minnesota Post)