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NH Newspaper Refuses To Print Gay Marriage Announcement

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Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in the state of Texas, so few gay couples in the state would probably ask a Texas newspaper to publish a marriage announcement. In the state of New Hampshire, gay marriage is legal, so it could be considered a reasonable request for a publication in the state to announce the occasion of a wedding.

CNN reports that the New Hampshire Union Leader, the largest daily newspaper in Manchester, refused to print a wedding announcement for Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine, two men that will be getting married this weekend in the state. In a statement Publisher Joe McQuaid wrote, "This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples. It would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women and our opposition to the recent state law legalizing gay marriage."

Newspapers have the freedom to choose what information they print, so there's nothing illegal about not printing the wedding announcement of a same-sex couple. However, this story has caused many people around the country to further consider the rights of homosexuals.

In Texas, many gay couples might have questions about their rights in the state when marrying outside of the Lone Star state. Same-sex couples that have married outside the state have also had difficulties getting a divorce in Texas because of legal claims brought forth by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. People looking to learn more information about the rights of gay couples in the state can contact Texas family law attorneys.

Related Resources:

  • Gay Couples Can't Marry in Texas, But Can They Divorce There? (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)
  • Look for a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Developments in Same-Sex Marriage Law (FindLaw)

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