Same-sex marriage became legal in New Hampshire earlier this year, on January 1, 2010, replacing civil unions. And yet, after ten months of legal same-sex marriages, New Hampshire’s second-largest newspaper, the Union-Leader, still refuses to print wedding announcements for same-sex couples.
The paper’s publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, released a statement defending the decision to not print the wedding notices. 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.
“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.”