What happens in Texas seems to annoy everyone else. According to KSLA, Michelle Cooks and her partner, Patricia Wrightener, were told by the Texarkana Gazette that it’s against company policy to announce weddings that it views as illegal in the state of Texas.
“We were discriminated against,” Cooks said.”There’s no other reason not to have our picture in the paper.”
Gazette spokesperson Les Minor told KSLA that since same sex couples are not recognized by the state of Texas, the paper is under no obligation to print announcements for them.
“The Texarkana Gazette publishes wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements related to marriages or impending marriages that are recognized by states in which it circulates,” said Minor. “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.”
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