SAINT GEORGE, Utah - Don't bother trying to get your same-sex wedding announcement printed in The Spectrum, regardless of how much you pay for the notice.
A California couple, Spencer Jones and Tyler Barrick, from San Francisco paid the St. George, Utah newspaper to print the news of their nuptials, but the paper then rejected it, telling the couple the policy of The Spectrum was to "publish announcements only for marriages legal in the state of Utah."
One would hope the couple was given a refund printed on money legal in the state of Utah.
The Spectrum is owned by the Gannet News Service to whom the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) made repeated-and unanswered-phone calls requesting "clarification of the news chain's policy regarding the publishing of photographs of same-sex couples who are legally married."
The timeline of the dispute between the homosexual couple and The Spectrum goes something like this:
Last week, The Spectrum accepted the paid wedding announcement for Barrick and Jones, who were legally married in San Francisco on June 17, 2008. The couple included a very tasteful photograph taken after their wedding, but the clerk at the St. George paper told Jones the paper's publisher, Donnie Welch, wouldn't print the photograph "for fear the picture might make readers uncomfortable."
Apparently, Jones was unhappy that the photograph would not be run with the announcement, but paid for the announcement to run anyway, sans photo.
Later, Jones changed his mind and contacted publisher Welch to ask him to reconsider. The couple was to be feted at a family gathering this coming week and really, really, really wanted the photograph printed with the announcement.
In an e-mail to Welch, Jones wrote: "After all, our marriage is just as real and legal and entitled to celebration as any of the others that are announced each week in the pages of The Spectrum."
Danny Welch's reply e-mail, dated August 10th, read, "This simply is not true. While that may be the case in some states it is not the case in the state of Utah. As our policy is to run marriage announcements recognized by Utah law, I have made the decision not to run the announcement."
The couple next leaked Welch's e-mail to The Associated Press and got GLAAD involved as well.
An unidentified, and most likely, unaffiliated spokesperson for the AP, told TheSpoof.com, "Shit, this is insanely funny. You got gay Mormons, a Utah newspaper printed in the shadow of the house in which Brigham Young died, those lesbian bulldogs from GLAAD; it's FUBAR-great copy. Can't wait to see the fireworks!"