New Hampshire Union Leader Newspaper Still Refuses To Run Same Sex Marraige Announcements, Publisher Releases Statement: "Though the Union-Leader, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, that does not make the paper anti-gay"

Greg Gould, a New Hampshire native, and his Venezuelan partner Aurelio Tiné wanted to share with their new so they opted to place an announcement in the the New Hampshire Union Leader.And the newspaper refused.  Now, The paper’s publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, has released a statement defending the decision to not print the wedding notice. McQuaid also claims that, though the Union-Leader, believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, that does not make the paper anti-gay.

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.

That law was not subject to public referendum and the governor (John Lynch) who signed it was elected after telling voters that he was opposed to gay marriage. Indeed, in no state where the public has been allowed a direct vote on the subject has gay marriage prevailed.

We are not “anti-gay.” We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been.

While the law sanctions gay marriage, it neither demands that churches perform them or that our First Amendment right to choose what we print be suspended. In accordance with that right, we continue our longstanding policy of printing letters to the editor from New Hampshire citizens, whether or not they agree with us.”

Newsflash Greg G\ould.  That DOES make The Union Leader Anti-Gay and you a bigot to boot.  Just how clueless and delusional are you?

In other news.  Greg and Aurelio were married today. Congratulations, guys!

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