Action Alert: Utah Paper has No Love for Some Citizens

Spencer Jones and Tyler Barrick were married at San Francisco City Hall on June 17, 2008, the first day California gay couples were legally allowed to do so.
Happily ever after? Well, sort of. But now their hometown paper, The Spectrum, in St. George, Utah, refuses to publish their wedding announcement. An excerpt from the gladd blog:

At first, the paper said they could run the announcement in the “celebrations” section of the paper – but only if there was no picture.
Jones and Barrick objected to being told their picture would be excluded, and in response president and publisher Donnie Welch decided that no announcement would run at all. He told the couple, “As our policy is to run marriage announcements recognized by Utah Law, I have made the decision to not run this announcement.”

They are trying to get as many people as possible to email and call the publisher over the next few days, so do your part if you’ve got an extra minute:
Donnie Welch, President/Publisher, The Spectrum
435-674-6222
dwelch@thespectrum.com

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2 Comments

  1. cestlavie
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    “Attn: Donnie Welch–
    I am dismayed to hear that, once again, citizens of Utah are perpetuating hateful policies towards members of their local and global community. While Spencer Jones and Tyler Barrick have the support of their families and friends, and over 60% of the US populace support gay couples in their hope for legally recognized unions, you’ve taken it upon yourself to dismiss their relationship on undoubtedly religiously motivated grounds. Shame on you. Your rigid stance on this matter and refusal to behave in an inclusive, accepting and tolerant way towards members of your own community is an embarassment for both Utah and the United States.
    I understand you may be receiving many emails on this subject over the next days and weeks, and I realize your instinctive reaction will be one of unbending defensiveness. However, please understand that the world is changing, regardless of your views and others like them. Soon, the day will arrive when tolerance stands above religious bigotry, and decisions of this kind will be a thing of the past.”

  2. Transcend
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    As someone who grew up in St. George, Utah, I can’t say I’m terribly surprised.
    I’m posting a news story from MSN on my Facebook, and I await what my old high school friends (some GLBT advocates, many not) think of it. I’m also writing a letter.
    One of my closest friends said that one of the hardest things about being gay in southern Utah was feeling isolated and alone. Imagine how affirming it would be to GLBT adolescents growing up in the town to see the love of two happy, successful gay men celebrated alongside other weddings.
    Thanks for posting this, Courtney! I might have missed it, otherwise.

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