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Same-sex unions in 'News' - Dallas Morning News to publish FREE same sex unions announcements
The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 6, 2003 | By ALINE McKENZIE / The Dallas Morning News

Posted on 07/06/2003 6:38:29 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP


Same-sex unions in 'News'

Announcements are a 'logical step,' says publisher

07/06/2003

By ALINE McKENZIE / The Dallas Morning News

Starting July 6, The Dallas Morning News will publish announcements of same-sex unions. The announcements will run alongside paid marriage and engagement announcements on Sundays.

"The publication of same-sex union announcements is a logical step for The Dallas Morning News to take," says James Moroney III, the paper's publisher and CEO. "We are now in line with practices of most major metropolitan newspapers across the country.

"We convened a meeting of representatives from the Cathedral of Hope as well as four other men and women from various businesses in order to represent a good cross-section of Dallas' gay community," he says.

The paper's parent company, Belo Corp., began offering benefits to same-sex partners of Belo employees in January, and the new policy on union announcements is a natural progression, he says.

Heather Jace of Melissa and her partner, Jandy Jace, are one of the couples running announcements in today's paper.

"We're real happy," says Heather Jace, 25, an office manager. "We want people to know, 'Hey, we're just like you. We've got a house, we've got a job, we have pets, we pay bills.' "

The couple had a small commitment ceremony in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on June 9, followed by a reception when they returned home. She says she isn't worried about any sort of backlash from the announcement. "I would like to think the community is mature enough to accept it and embrace it," she says.

Vanessa Benavides and Amy Davis, two Dallas attorneys who had a black-tie commitment ceremony in Dallas on June 14, are also buying an announcement. The couple also got married in Canada on June 23, and Ms. Davis took the name Benavides.

"I think it's important to let the community know that we go together, that we have made this commitment," says Vanessa Benavides, 28.

"I think that's the importance of marriages – to have witnesses to know that we've made this commitment together."

The paper's criteria for publishing an announcement are that the ceremony takes place in public, and that somebody officiates.

A two-inch announcement is free, while photos or longer announcements are charged according to size.

The Dallas Morning News joins 205 other papers that publish same-sex union announcements, including 10 in Texas, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination, or GLAAD.

"I'm so happy and so glad to hear this," says Monica Taher, people of color media director for GLAAD.

She worked last year on the group's project to get additional papers to publish same-sex union announcements.

The New York Times' decision last August to begin publishing same-sex union announcements was a watershed, she says.

Since then, many more papers have begun publishing such announcements, she says.

At some papers, executives had argued that printing same-sex announcements was tantamount to taking a political stand, but GLAAD representatives responded that not running them was also taking a political stand, she says.

Pamela Strother, executive director of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, also praised The Morning News' new policy.

"It's fantastic that The Dallas Morning News has moved forward on this," she says.

"It shows that a newspaper in a region that might be seen as conservative is willing to step out on this."

NLGJA leaders have also been meeting with newspaper executives, including The New York Times' publisher, says Robert Dodge, last year's president and a writer in The Dallas Morning News' Washington bureau.

"Our work was journalist to journalist, colleague to colleague, behind the scenes," he says.

E-mail amckenzie@dallasnews.com


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/texasliving/stories/070603dnlivsamesex.a86e9.html


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: catholiclist; dallas; dallasmorningnews; gay; homosexualagenda; lesbians; liberals; newspapers; texas
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To: DAnconia55
No you are, that is how each state handles it's laws.
151 posted on 07/06/2003 7:56:13 PM PDT by TC Builders
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To: DAnconia55; sweetliberty
I didn't see anything in Sweetliberty's post to you about whining to the government to make it illegal for gays to have sex - must have been what was on your mind when you read it....

What I gathered from her post was that she is sick and tired of the public displays as well as the unavoidable preaching of this abhorent lifestyle on TV and the media.

I also noticed that you didn't bother to give your own answer to my questions regarding laws that protect our "right to not be offended".

I find it difficult to belive that Sweetliberty would disagree with my viewpoint on the subject -

Homesexual behavior and lifestyle is morally wrong. Regardless of the legalities and our own personal beliefs, we can never prevent homosexuals from practicing their disgusting lifesytle choice in the privacy of their own bedrooms. The recent SCOTUS decision prooves that.

BUT, I totally refuse to accept public displays of such behavior. I should not be subjected to this behavior, nor should children. I also despise the way that the mainstream media is trying to force homosexuality on society as a "normal" lifestyle.

Just as much as those who despise having Christian values "crammed" down their throats, I hate having homosexual behaviour crammed down my throat everywhere I turn. If the athiests and freaks of this country are being "protected" by the courts, then why isn't the reverse just as "fair"?

Not everyone enjoys seeing me kiss my wife in public, and 99.999% of people would choose to not see me grope or otherwise project my sexuality with my wife in public. Thus, I have a sense of decency and save all such behaviour for the privacy of our own home Is it too much to ask similar descression on the part of homosexuals?
152 posted on 07/06/2003 8:27:50 PM PDT by TheBattman
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To: DAnconia55; sweetliberty
Just as much as those who despise having Christian values "crammed" down their throats
I think that's the funniest thing I've seen on FR today!! Thanks!

You don't GET what's wrong with that sentence DO YOU?

Actually, I do understand what you found so humourous, but I believe I am a bit too mature to make an issue out of it on a public forum - but then again your viewpoint on the issue has proven that you have no maturity or morals....

Hope you and your boyfriend enjoyed it....probably brought back memories of last night...

154 posted on 07/06/2003 9:20:00 PM PDT by TheBattman
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To: TheBattman
Actually, I do understand what you found so humourous

Somehow I really doubt it.

but I believe I am a bit too mature to make an issue out of it on a public forum -

And that too, considering..

Hope you and your boyfriend enjoyed it....probably brought back memories of last night...

155 posted on 07/06/2003 9:43:18 PM PDT by DAnconia55
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To: Old Professer
I've shredded a few rags my self and survived very nicely but thanks for your concern! My main concern is not having anyone answering their life style directly; they need to be properly churched by a good Pentacostal. I am willing and will comply!
156 posted on 07/07/2003 6:17:25 AM PDT by winker
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To: MeeknMing
Just one more reason NOT to buy the Dallas Morning Spew.

Misfortunately, their evil spawn the Denton Retched-Chronicle is the newspaper up here in Denton County.
They pretend to be conservative, even run Ann Coulter to try to balance out Moly Ivins, Clarence Page,and that silly biddy from the Atlanta Constipation, Cynthia Something.
157 posted on 07/07/2003 8:56:09 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: sweetliberty
And that shows Senator Feingold to not be a decent person, in my opinion.

Feingold's turn as head of The Spanish-Come-To-America Inquisition is no suprise to me.
My time in graduate school was made hellish to a large degree because
those of us that had work to do had to "be nice" to a fellow lab member who was
gay, usually drunk/somewhat stoned, and not easy to get along with.
This person's antics were only encouraged because the head of the lab was
a liberal Catholic who basically gave protection/sanction to this person...
so he of course felt no compunction at harassing members of the group.
As much was humanly possible I remained in the "what would Jesus do?" mode...
loving the sinner as much as I disliked his conduct.

But over time, I learned that the agenda of these sorts of people isn't
tolerance...but shouted approval, if not recruitment.

As one of our talk-show hosts says "you can't seduce (make nice) with evil".


Some things just shouldn't NEED to be justified, so obvious are they to the majority of people.

Of course, Feingold and his posse are "pro-choice".
And the only choice is their choice.

I'm sure Hitler, Stalin, Mao and a legion of tyrants burning in Hades smiled when
they saw how someone like Feingold could use his position to castigate
a person for making their own informed choice on a matter of moral opinion.

Pro-Choice, my rather large derriere!!!
158 posted on 07/08/2003 5:52:19 PM PDT by VOA
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To: sweetliberty
And that shows Senator Feingold to not be a decent person, in my opinion.

Feingold's turn as head of The Spanish-Come-To-America Inquisition is no suprise to me.
My time in graduate school was made hellish to a large degree because
those of us that had work to do had to "be nice" to a fellow lab member who was
gay, usually drunk/somewhat stoned, and not easy to get along with.
This person's antics were only encouraged because the head of the lab was
a liberal Catholic who basically gave protection/sanction to this person...
so he of course felt no compunction at harassing members of the group.
As much was humanly possible I remained in the "what would Jesus do?" mode...
loving the sinner as much as I disliked his conduct.

But over time, I learned that the agenda of these sorts of people isn't
tolerance...but shouted approval, if not recruitment.

As one of our talk-show hosts says "you can't seduce (make nice) with evil".


Some things just shouldn't NEED to be justified, so obvious are they to the majority of people.

Of course, Feingold and his posse are "pro-choice".
And the only choice is their choice.

I'm sure Hitler, Stalin, Mao and a legion of tyrants burning in Hades smiled when
they saw how someone like Feingold could use his position to castigate
a person for making their own informed choice on a matter of moral opinion.

Pro-Choice, my rather large derriere!!!
159 posted on 07/08/2003 5:52:23 PM PDT by VOA
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To: DAnconia55
Then cite the passages in the Constitution that allow the Federal government to ban sexuality.

Noone's talking about FedGov. Show me in the constitution where states have no rights to make laws concerning sexual behavior.

160 posted on 07/14/2003 12:07:31 PM PDT by stands2reason
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