Jeffrey Clouser and Brent Weaver, who have been together for seven years, tried unsuccessfully to get their engagement announcement published in the Celebrations section of the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era in Lancaster, Penn.
“We got an email from the paper saying that we didn’t meet the standards of acceptance, which were never made very clear,” says Weaver. “I’d like to make it clear that I think standards of acceptance means you don’t like gay people. …Instead of planning our wedding, we’re fighting about putting an announcement in the paper.”
Harold E. Miller, president Lancaster Newspapers Inc. — publisher of the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era and the Sunday News — says in a written statement:
Our readers have come to depend upon our judgment, taste, tone and discretion in publishing advertising to be admitted into their homes. They select our newspapers because of these qualities and we believe we are obligated to uphold their selection by declining to publish advertising announcements and notices which, in our opinion, are not consistent with prevailing community standards.