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'Kansas City Star' Publishes Its First Same-Sex Marriage Announcement

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'Kansas City Star' Publishes Its First Same-Sex Marriage Announcement

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The Kansas City Star ended almost two months of controversy by publishing the marriage announcement of a same-sex couple this past weekend. In Sunday's "Celebrations" section, the Star ran the wedding announcement of Michael and Charles Hewitt, a gay couple from Missouri who were married in Iowa on May 17.

Originally, the couple tried to place announcements in both the Star and their local paper, the Independence Examiner. Both papers refused to print the ads, but the Examiner ran the announcement online for a week before pulling it and refunding the Hewitts' money.

According to the Hewitts, they were told that the Examiner would not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions. "We were sad that we couldn't just go and put our happy announcement in the local paper," Chuck Hewitt told The Pitch, a Kansas City-based Web site, at the time. "That just surprised us more than anything."

On June 3, the Star's reader representative Derek Donovan announced that the policy regarding marriage announcements would be changed. …

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