The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Aug. 18 that 1,049 daily U.S. newspapers now accept same-sex wedding announcements – a 15-fold increase since 2002.
According to the group, 83 percent of all U.S. newspaper consumers now read a paper that accepts wedding announcements from same-sex couples, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have newspapers that print announcements for gay and lesbian couples, all but three of the nation’s top 100 media markets are home to newspapers with an inclusive
announcement policy, and every daily newspaper in nine states and the District of Columbia prints wedding announcements for same-sex couples.
The states batting 100 percent are Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. In addition, California and New York each have only one daily newspaper that will not print the announcements.
However, of the 1,049 papers, only 339 of them ever have received a same-sex wedding announcement to print, GLAAD found.
”Local newspapers across the country are reflecting the growing visibility of our lives and our commitments by opening their pages to these stories,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “When we seize that opportunity to share our milestones and celebrations, we help Americans see the diversity of our community and recognize the common ground that we share.”
A new GLAAD Web page offers an interactive state-by-state map of newspapers with inclusive policies, guidelines for submitting announcements, and related resources and tips.