‘Boston Globe’ To Run Gay Union Notices

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(AP) The Boston Globe announced Sunday that it will begin publishing announcements of same-sex commitment ceremonies and civil unions, adding another name to a growing list of newspapers opening their wedding pages to gays.

The New York Times, The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch all made similar announcements during the past two months.

The new policies bring the number of newspapers that publish and plan to publish same-sex union announcements to 139, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

“This is community news and it fits into that rubric,” said Globe Editor Martin Baron. He noted that the newspaper already includes same-sex partners in obituaries.

The announcements are to begin running in the next few weeks on the Globe‘s Sunday “Special Occasions” page. They will appear along with weddings and engagements but under a separate heading. “This recognizes a distinction as defined by the law and as defined by most religions as well,” Baron said.

Same-sex partners will be eligible for the column if they celebrate their commitment in an officiated ceremony or register their civil union or domestic partnership, the newspaper said.

Globe officials met with representatives of GLAAD and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, but Baron said, “we’re not doing this in reaction to anything any of these organizations have done or said or proposed.”

He said the Globe also made the decision independently of The New York Times. The New York Times Co. owns both newspapers.

In a note to readers, the newspaper said “commitment ceremonies and the legal rights of same-sex couples remain subjects of intense controversy within political and religious circles, and the Globe will continue to cover these debates impartially in its news pages.”

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