Same-sex marriage announcement runs in the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader

Four years ago, the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader refused to publish a wedding announcement for two men, saying that “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.”

Married couple Peter Richard and Dana Dexter

Married couple Peter Richard and Dana Dexter

Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid told readers in 2010 that “we are not ‘anti-gay.’ We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been.”

Over the weekend, the Union Leader published a wedding announcement for Peter Richard and Dana Dexter (at right).

Did the paper change its policy? I asked publisher McQuaid. He replied:

Social announcements are now paid submissions, no longer an editorial call. This happened three or four years ago. The same-sex announcement to which you refer may have been the first one submitted since the change.

* Peter Richard and Dana Dexter are married (unionleader.com)

From 2010:
* NH paper won’t publish gay marriage notices (AP via boston.com)
* Publisher: Why we don’t take announcements from gay couples (wmur.com)

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