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Same-Sex Unions Gain Notice

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Same-Sex Unions Gain Notice

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But papers not wedded to new policies

When The New York Times announced that it will accept same-sex union announcements on its Sunday "Weddings" pages beginning this month, gay- rights advocates applauded while opponents jeered. But for once, the often precedent-setting Times was behind the times.

Thirty-six of the top 100 daily newspapers already accepted such announcements -- at least in theory. As The Boston Globe pointed out last week, there's a "patchwork of hazy policies, or a lack of them" at major newspapers. "Even where announcements of same-sex unions are accepted, such notices rarely, if ever, appear," reported the Globe, which is reviewing its own policy of not publishing the notices.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) counts 111 newspapers with "inclusive" policies, including such giants as The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and such dwarves as The Daily Telegram in Superior, Wis. Some run free announcements; others only accept paid notices. …

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