Texas Newspaper Refuses To Publish Gay Wedding Announcement

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…but not the gays.

A gay couple from Texarkana, Texas hopes to travel to New Mexico next week to get married, but has found out their local newspaper will not publish their wedding announcement.

The Texarkana Gazette declined to share the couple's picture because they claim to hold a policy that is based on state laws. Since gay marriage is illegal in Texas and Arkansas, the newspaper chooses to discriminate against gay couples based on this excuse.

Read more on the story and see the picture the newspaper refused to publish after the jump.

On her personal Facebook page, Michelle Wrightner wrote that the newspaper was rude to them and that the editor, Les Minor, would not return their calls.

Wrightner pointed out that if the Pentagon can offer same-sex benefits, she and her partner Patricia Wrightner should be able to put their picture in the Texarkana Gazette.

After DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court this summer, federal benefits — including veterans benefits, tax benefits, and Medicare benefits — have become available to legally married same-sex couples no matter what state they live in.

The newspaper's excuse seems really arbitrary.

Minor had this to say about why they turned away the gay couple:

The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates. 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.

Here at BOR we love our LGBT community, and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone by wishing a big congratulations to the couple! And to all our brothers and sisters fighting for their right to marriage in New Mexico. The state is becoming the most recent to embrace marriage equality despite the strong Republican opposition — including New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez — who have taken the issue to the State's Supreme Court after different counties began to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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