Gay Wedding Announcement Banned By Largest Newspaper In New Hampshire

By on Oct 27, 2010 in Current Events, Lifestyle, United States, World Comments

The Union Leader, the largest newspaper in New Hampshire has refused to print a same-sex wedding announcement in Portsmouth.

The person involved are Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine who decided to announce their wedding through the said newspaper. However, Union Leader decided against publishing the wedding announcement of Gould and Tine earlier this month.

It was known that gay marriage is legal in New Hampshire, Gould was really disappointed with the Union Leader’s rejection of their wedding announcement.

“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,” Greg Gould said.

According to Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the Manchester-based newspaper, it was not an “anti-gay” act, but its stance was that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

“While the law sanctions gay marriage, it neither demands that churches perform them or that our First Amendment right to choose what we print be suspended,” Mr. McQuaid said in a statement.

According to reports, Greg Gould took his complaint to the newspaper’s publisher but the Union Leader is firm with their stand.

“This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples. 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.” according to their released stamement.

On the other hand, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, a Democratic Senate candidate, sent a letter to McQuaid Friday night demanding the newspaper “respect the law of New Hampshire” and allow same-sex couples the same access as heterosexuals.

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