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Same sex, new question

In Ethics on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:01 am

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So, have you given much thought to same-sex marriage announcements?

I confess that I haven’t. That’s because it would never occur to me not to accept them in the year 2015. Granted: I live and work in the Bay Area of California and we’ve been a lot more tolerant of non-traditional relationships for a long, long time. It’s just not an issue here.

At this point, after a Supreme Court ruling granting the right to marry to all, I would argue that same-sex announcements shouldn’t be an issue for you either, regardless of where you live.

Will Chapman, publisher of the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, La., shared with me some rather enlightening and (to my mind) enlightened responses from newspaper types who were asked by the Louisiana Press Association whether they would run same-sex marriage ads. From what I could tell, all of the respondents in Louisiana – which is not to be mistaken for California – answered that they would accept such announcements. Here’s a sample: …

  • “We have not had any submitted yet, but we will handle them in the same matter as any other wedding or engagement announcement.”
  • “We plan to handle announcements of same-sex wedding and engagements no differently than we would announcements of ‘traditional’ weddings and engagements. In fact, late last year we ran an ‘engagement’ announcement for two women. Of course, at the time, they were forbidden from getting married in Louisiana, but they are residents and wanted to announced their ‘intent to enter into a civil union’ (or something like that) with us. We never did receive any confirmation of an actual ceremony (no ‘wedding forms’ or such), but we have been informed that they have acquired a marriage license in our parish.”

Will says the Daily Iberian ran its first same-sex wedding announcement in the paper on Sunday. What happened next?

“Was prepped to get angry calls,” he wrote in an email to me. “Didn’t hear of one.”

I suspect that will be true for all of us.


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