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. Sunit bora

    Man and woman were created differently for a foundamental reason, unfortunately some people fail to understand that

    October 26, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. George

    In the begining there was one man and one woman.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • thatguy

      And then God made gays and he loves them very much. You should try love instead of hate.

      October 26, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. JustMe

    I think it's silly of them NOT to publish anything that is an income producer, but it's within their rights. I don't think the government has any business getting into what papers can and can't publish. Slippery slope people.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. HGW

    The Manchester Union Leader has every right to print or not print what they decide. If you don't agree, then don't purchase this newspaper. I, for one, applaud their stand on this issue. I will continue my subsciption to this newspaper. If you disgree, then you are free to make your own choices; but why would you want to force your choices on me?

    October 26, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    So, let me get this straight. During the last election cycle the newspapers, TV and radio reporters could chose to report certain things with the democrats, IE: President Obamas connections to certain individuals, etc, but on the other hand they splashed the front page and all "Lead-In" stories with every little thing that they found with the republicans. They called this "Their Right" to say or print what they wanted. The bias that was shown during that election bordered on criminal. Now, when a Conservative News Source tries to print what is "Suitable" for their publication we hear cries from the liberals scraeming "Foul". Where is this "New Spirit" of working together? Guess that only works if you are a liberal!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. J. Scott Moore

    One day, just like blacks eating in white establishments and women being given the right to vote, gays will have every right they deserve...from wedding announcements to everything else. It's only a matter of time, thankfully. That's why I don't even bother to read any of these posts. It's laughable to think we'll [gays] be held back. Get used to it, everyone. Like it or not. 🙂

    October 26, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bruce

    Freedom if the press also means choosing what to print and what not to print. Just like CNN chooses not to cover the mess at doj with the black panthers. I highly doubt that this couple is really missing their intended audience by not publishing this.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. LVL

    Why should a privately owned paper report and print anything it didn't want to????? This story is absurd! I applaud them for actually having a strong stance and sticking to it, unlike many news outlets.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Margaret

    The newspaper has the right not to publish and should not publish notice of unBiblical unions (they are not marriages in God's eyes).

    October 26, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Timbo

    And Jesus Christ!! Stop quoting the founding fathers; they were some of the biggest opponents of freedom. They believed in slavery, war for land, and Christian dominance. The words they wrote down on paper were good but they were not admirable

    October 26, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Big Philip

    Telling people something is not pushing beliefs on them. It's merely sharing information or opinion or whatever you want to call it. I daresay that if they don't use any type of physical force to persuade you, then it's only sharing an opinion or a fact.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sathriel

    I think that it is interesting there is all of this controversy on what a private paper wants to print. They are a business and have the right to print anything they feel like printing. They could print they believe in blue elephants and it would not infringe on anyone's belief system. This has nothing to do with the bible, Christianity, or any other religion. They are a business and just like a restaurant, have the right to refuse service. If you disagree or do not like their opinions, stop reading the paper. This reminds me of the battles over Howard Stern and some of the things he would say on the air. In the end, the decision rests not upon anyone but the owners of the paper to decide what they want to be printed in their paper.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. scotty501

    I agree. Its all about Deb.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Randy

    First off, just because someone doesn't agree with gay marriage doesn't make it hate. I don't like rap music, I hate basketball, I don't wear my pants below my ass. Doesn't make me a racist. As for you people saying we need to live like it says to in Leviticus, etc if we believe in the Bible, that is Old Testament. Doesn't mean I don't believe in it, it means that we don't live under the law anymore. We live under grace. We don't have to dress a certain way, eat certain food, etc. The Bible talks about people sacrificing animals for forgiveness. I don't sacrifice animals because we don't do that anymore. So think before you make statements like that. Just because you don't believe in the Bible doesn't make it untrue.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      And just because you disagree with gay marriage doesn't grant you have right to stop them.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. thatguy

    the replies are broken.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
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