Arkansas Paper Mulls Policy Change After Name of Partner Taken Out of Gay Man’s Obit

By: Jim Romenesko | Poynter.org

Terrence James had a funeral home submit an obituary to the Batesville Daily Guard for his partner of ten years, who died on June 11 of spinal meningitis. The paper edited James’ name out of the obit — “the person who was entrusted to make the decision when to remove life support,” he notes. Oscar Jones, whose family has owned the small daily for 82 years, tells Reuters’ Suzi Parker that the Daily Guard has a policy of not listing names of unmarried partners — gay or straight — in free obituaries.

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