Dailies Overwhelmingly Come Out Against “Anti-Gay” Amendments, GLAAD Finds

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By: E&P Staff

Daily newspapers in 11 states with “anti-gay” constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot are editorializing against the measures by more than 10-1, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is reporting.

“When you look at newspaper endorsements and editorial pages, the vast majority of them are calling on voters to defeat these amendments,” said GLAAD Executive Director Joan M. Garry in a statement.

As of Oct. 31, GLAAD has tracked a total of 73 newspapers that have published endorsements on the Nov. 2 ballot initiatives. A total of 67 daily newspapers are opposed to the local amendments, with only five in support: The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), The News-Review (Roseburg, Ore.), The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, and the Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.)

All five of those newspapers supporting the amendments are also endorsing President Bush. But many other Bush backers are breaking against the amendments.

GLAAD compared its survey of daily newspapers with E&P’s tally of presidential endorsements and found that many newspapers — including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Salt Lake Tribune — are both endorsing President Bush and advocating for the defeat of their state’s “anti-gay” amendment.

Many newspapers opposing these amendments are stating up front that they do not endorse same-sex marriage. However, GLAAD points out, many also believe that the sweeping language of the amendments could result in serious harm to both gay families and opposite-sex unmarried couples — and could lead to protracted legal confusion and court challenges.

“Papers are taking a close look at these attacks on our lives, and they’re realizing that they’re the very definition of bad news,” said Garry. “It’s the local newspapers that are helping their readers see past the deceptive spin so they can understand the harm these amendments would inflict on our families and on these state’s constitutions.”

For details on GLAAD’s compilation of newspaper endorsements, visit the organizations’ Web site.

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