October 25th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Newspaper won't print gay marriage announcements

Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine say they just wanted to share their wedding plans.

So they went one of the largest papers in New Hampshire, where gay marriage is legal and generally accepted, to work up a wedding announcement.

But the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Manchester paper known for its conservative viewpoints, refused to print it, a decision that has sparked anger from the couple and lit up the Twittersphere and the Web.

"I was really disappointed because the Union Leader is a big voice in the state of New Hampshire, and they seem to be so out of touch," Gould told CNN affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester.

The newspaper, however, issued a statement saying that printing the announcement would be "hypocritical" given its previous practices.

“This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples," Publisher Joe McQuaid said. "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.”

In its full statement, printed online, the paper said firmly that it is not "anti-gay" and because of press freedoms can choose to print - or not print - whatever it wants.

Still, that move hasn't stopped the matter from becoming a controversy, with Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes, making it an election issue as well.

Hodes wrote a letter to the paper that read in part: "Mr. Gould and Mr. Tine will become legally married this weekend and they should have the same opportunities as everyone in New Hampshire to have their marriage publicized and recognized. The Union Leader's disgraceful policy of exclusion harkens to a different time in this country when people were denied opportunity because of their race, religion and ethnic origin."

What do you think? Should the paper give gay couples the same chance to announce their weddings? Or does freedom of the press override that, and allow the newspaper to make the decision it did? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

soundoff (665 Responses)
  1. Jordan

    The issue is not gay marriage. Gay marriage in that state is legal. It's not bad journalism; it's not a story. What these two people were doing was making an announcement that they're getting married. The newspaper decided upon their own beliefs that they didn't want to publish it. That's that. we can't change it and it would be infringing upon the rights of every American to force changing freedom of press\speech in any way. U mad? tough! make your own newspaper or ask another newspaper to publish it.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      by the way, i'm gay

      October 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pete

    The paper is providing a service to the public. I would imagine they cannot discriminate. I would be talking to my lawyer.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sean

    Should the run it? Of Course! Do they have to? No Way. It's freedom of the press as long as you own one. They do. I just wonder how pathetic this issue will be in 10-20 yrs.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Erik

    CNN, why do you post rude comments but routinely refuse to post my polite comments? The only logical conclusion is that CNN is very dishonest, and posts only the comments it likes. Everyone should boycott CNN forever.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Got the announcement

    The NH Union Leader newspaper is a conservative newspaper. If this gay couple lives in NH they should know this. They have every right to get married in the state now but you don't have the right to force anyone to print a wedding announcement about yourself. However, you just got yourselves the biggest wedding announcement that I have seen in a long time so kudos for that.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    If the paper isn't run by the government, then the peope running it have the right to print what they see fit. These two can just get over it.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

    Last time I checked, this wasn't the only newspaper in the state. The paper has the legal right to deny this. The couple has the ability to utilize another paper to announce their wedding. Utilizing this as a political ploy to me shows how the Democratic candidate wants to force private businesses to do the will of the government or people. Private businesses that do not receive monies from the federal/state government can/should go by the law of supply and demand along with being legal and the ever changing and subjective ethical path.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. eldono

    so, the newspaper in Manchester, NH won't print announcements of gay marriages. Hm...and, the national media has picked up on this. I think its going to get loud in NH in the next few days.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. monte

    im glad the newspaper chose not to print, its bad enough i have to see that crap when i turn on the tv. gays should be jailed for crimes against nature.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob J. Sheldahl

      you might not believe this, but God created me . God created me to be a gay man. Do you not think i have fought for 16 yrs of my life or 10 cause it was not who i am or what i was. I knew i was not like other boys at the age of 4 1/2 yrs old. Do you think with all types of humans on earth, Animals that God could not create the LGBT Community.
      I am at peace with God, my God Loves every human from the moment they were created. God , Jesus and the holy Ghost loves me. Its a shame Orginized Religion choice is to damn us to hell for who God created us to be. I am at peace with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. When i die i know i will go too heaven, for even with no church too accept me for who i am. I have a bond with God, the father and Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So i am sorry we wont stand back as a third class cizten. We are Equals of man kind and womon kind.

      October 26, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rob J. Sheldahl

    It's time the LGBT Community stops spending their hard earned income only buy what is essential for daily living. I give it 6 months -12 months and they will see what power our community has. Its time we stand up and go about this a peaceful way. But how you show yourself in public matters as well. So take pride in who you are, but to carry off our civil rights we must do it with diginity and with pride.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Unity1

    I am proud of this newspaper, they stood for what they believe and they shouldn't be judged for it. Gays are suppose to be all about equality, however when it is time for them to be fair to Christians they get all judgemental. We have a right to and that right is to say what we want and do what we want.
    This Newspaper stood for what they believe is right and I agree with them.
    I am no gay basher, however I believe being gay is wrong, plain and simple, but they are still people and we should still treat them that way.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Your whole post was kind of backhanded but at least you're trying

      October 26, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. MM

    About time someone stands up these gay people always shoving their deviant lifestyle on society. Gay people...you do not define who is liberal and what liberal is supposed to accept. Your lifestyle goes against the grain of society!

    October 26, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. kbbpll

    Wow, this "lit up the Twittersphere".

    October 26, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Observer

    What do animals have to do with this? Why are so many opponents of gay marriage SOO concerned about animals?

    October 26, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Dude

    It's called the First Amendment... deal with it.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Schmoe

      On all sides. The paper has the right to print what they choose. The same rights allow this couple to run off to another news source to voice their displeasure. Readers of that online news source get to exercise those same rights spouting nonsense in the comments section of the article. America marches on.

      October 26, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
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