Texas Newspaper Refuses To Publish Same-Sex Wedding Announcement


The engagement photo that Patricia Wrigtner and Michelle Cooks hoped to have printed.

The engagement photo that Patricia Wrightner and Michelle Cooks hoped to have printed.

A same-sex couple from Texarkana, Texas is planning to head to New Mexico in a few weeks to wed, but their local newspaper will not publish their wedding announcement. Michelle Cooks points out that if the Pentagon can offer same-sex benefits, then she and her partner Patricia Wrightner should be able to put their picture in the Texarkana Gazette.

But Editor Les Minor claimed that the newspaper has a policy based on state laws:

MINOR: 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.

On Facebook, Wrightner wrote that the newspaper was rude to them and that Minor would not return their calls.

The newspaper’s excuse is arbitrary, particularly in light of the federal benefits now available to legally married same-sex couples no matter what state they live in, including veterans benefits, tax benefits, and Medicare benefits.