Fargo Forum begins taking same-sex wedding notices

The Fargo Forum, which was criticized last week for rejecting a lesbian couple’s wedding announcement, says it’s changed its policy and will now accept same-sex marriage notices.

Editor Matt Von Pinnon says that until last week the paper had never received a marriage notice from a gay couple planning to legally marry.

In the uproar over our refusal to publish that announcement, we heard from more than 600 people in our area and beyond who shared their opinions about our policy. It’s safe to say that people in our region are equally divided over the issue of gay marriage, a debate that goes well beyond the question of whether this newspaper should publish such announcements. …

In the end, however, this policy review came down to one thing: We inform the public, plain and simple. Except for what’s found on the Opinion page, we don’t choose sides. We report on many, many things that we neither endorse nor condemn. That’s the nature of news. Some people would like us to deny that gay marriage is legally recognized in several states and countries. To not recognize that fact is to deny or distort the truth, something we’re not willing to do.

* The Forum will publish all legal marriage notices (Inforum.com)
* Newspaper will publish same-sex newspaper ads (CNN)
* Allison Johnson and Kelsey Smith will get their wedding notice published after all (ontopmag.com)
* Earlier: You betcha the Fargo Forum won’t take your same-sex wedding notice (JimRomenesko.com)