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Arkansas Obituary Omits Surviving Same-Sex Partner

An Arkansas newspaper, the Batesville Guard, printed an obituary for John Christopher Millican that completely left out his partner of 10 years, Terrance James. James was the only person by Millican’s side when he ended life support and was the one who filed the paperwork for the obituary. According to the newspaper’s general manager, “We don’t list unmarried couples, in-laws, or pets in the free obituaries.” James would have had to pay $85 to be recognized.

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