Texas Newspaper Refuses To Print Gay Couple's Wedding Announcement
The Texarkana Gazette is defending its decision to discriminate against a Texarkana, Texas same-sex couple that had wanted to be included in the publication's wedding announcements.
Michelle Cooks and Patricia Wrightner, together for over a year, plan to head to Mexico in late September to tie the knot. They had hoped to share the news with their community through an announcement in the local newspaper, but were turned away swiftly.
"They refused us because we are a gay couple," said Michelle.. "And if the Pentagon has recognized, you know, giving same sex couples benefits," continues Patricia, "At least, I think we could..." "...put our picture in the paper," finishes Cook.
The paper has released a statement that basically whines that if the state of Texas gets to be anti-gay, then the Texarkana Gazette does, too.
"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. "This policy have been in place for several years. Neither Texas nor Arkansas allows same-sex marriages or recognize same sex marriages from other states. If those laws change, this newspaper will re-examine its policy."
"We live in Texarkana," Michelle said. "It is our Texarkana Gazette and we felt we had a right just like everyone else to announce our wedding."