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Gay Couple Claims Post-Dispatch Rejects Engagement Announcement

Categories: LGBT, Media

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Kyle Hanten and Kurt Lee.
Update below: A gay couple who recently got engaged says that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is intentionally rejecting the engagement announcement they want to run in print, because they have some sort of unwritten policy against same-sex couples. The accusation of the duo Kurt Lee and Kyle Hanten -- engaged in February -- spread on Facebook today ,and angry readers went to the paper's Facebook page to express their outrage.

A spokeswoman with the P-D, however, tells Daily RFT that the paper has absolutely no policy against same-sex couple's engagement and wedding announcements and has posted them many times before. She also sends us a 2002 article the paper wrote about itself on this issue.

"I'm really pissed off," Hanten, 24, tells us. "There's nothing X-rated about it, even if the marriage may not be legal."

The comments section on the P-D Facebook page is now filled with angry readers demanding to know why the paper might have some policy that would block a same-sex couple from making the same kind of announcement that straight couples can make.

In response to one of the angry posts from Hanten himself, the official Post-Dispatch Facebook account responded:

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Tracy Rouch, a spokeswoman for the P-D, adds, "We've been doing this for years.... Everybody is accepted no matter what."

She says the policy works such that couples submit them online and then they eventually run in print, all free of charge.

Hanten is not convinced.

He says it's clear to him that they have a rule against posting these announcements from gay couples and that now they are telling them they can put it online -- but that's not enough.

"They rejected it in the paper," he says. "We want it in the paper."

Here's the announcement he posted today that has gotten nearly 100 Facebook shares.

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And this one on the Post-Dispatch page:

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Continue for more from the couple and the P-D's response.



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24 comments
megarock
megarock

""They rejected it in the paper," he says. "We want it in the paper."

So what. There are plenty of things I want in the paper and don't always get my way. They've done it before, you idiots are just making a fuss about it. 

And the funny thing is - they probably never buy the Post-Dispatch anyway. The people who care about you being engaged know. The rest of us don't give a crap. Maybe that's what people need to get through their heads.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

Wait a minute, I thought the StL P-D was dubbed "biased pro liberal" media by the TP? (Insert sarcasm here) No wonder why the paper is losing money! Loss of revenue due to rejected ad space, while imposing a presumed moral code on their readers, who have a right to make those decisions for themselves. I get most of my content digitally, b&w is for the old fuddy duddy crowd, the same people who'd be "offended" by the content anyway. Saying "post it online" instead, is really an attempt at cenXorship to preserve their dwindling customer $$ base in paper (abbrev. CYA).

kurt753571
kurt753571

It wasn't a free announcement in the engagement section. It was a PAID AD that was about an engagement which was pulled before print. That's the big detail that's missing.

James Madison
James Madison

Does the "regardless of sexual orientation" also include polygamists? Man-boy relationships? What if two kids declared they intended to marry? Ought not the marriage be legal before an legal engagement can be made? Are some people pre-wired to be offended by the smallest oversight? Not even a follow up to see if it was a honest mistake before claiming some sort of bias and discrimination? Some folks revolve around drama.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Perhaps if the Post-Dispatch would stop their bigotry, people would start subscribing again." ya...it's bigotry...not that whole internet thing that's keeping subscriptions low.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

so? the post can do what they want. it's a private company. it's not a civil right to have a wedding announcement published. GET. OVER. YOURSELVES.

Sara Howard
Sara Howard

I used to work with one of those guys! I really hope this was some kind of mistake, and they can reach an amicable resolution, including the publishing of their announcement.

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

it's all about finding happiness no matter the gender.I have more things to worry about in our country!! what's my childrens future in the land of the free and safety?? wish people would think more like myself than to be looked upon as ignorant soles.I pray for you negative people! you need it the most.

Helen Louise Fuchs
Helen Louise Fuchs

Amy, I live in Europe and English is my third language so please relax.

Helen Louise Fuchs
Helen Louise Fuchs

Why would a newspaper which started to run announcements of gay couples over a decade ago change it´s policy at this point, especially now that the climate in the country changes and the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage? That doesn´t make any sense. If there would be evidence that the Post-Dispatch denied to print it that would be scandalous but as long as there isn´t: in dubio pro reo.

Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

I seriously doubt the rejection was committed to text or even spoke aloud. Sounds like an oversight is being inferred as a rejection. Cool your jets man......

Dan Schniedermeier
Dan Schniedermeier

Michael Allen, thank you for reading the article. It sounds like they prob had a mixup instead of some crazy conspiracy. People need to chill the f out sometimes.

Gregg Thomas
Gregg Thomas

Does the Post Dispatch even still exist?

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Read the article. It sounds like it was more a submission snafu than some nefarious form of discrimination. The irony lies in there being angry STLtoday comments from progressives for once.

Rebecca Hohm
Rebecca Hohm

Perhaps if the Post-Dispatch would stop their bigotry, people would start subscribing again.

Mike
Mike

@Amy Wagner Freeman Actually, Amy, you are wrong! It's "its"! "Their" connotes two or more. "Its" connotes one. The reference is to "newspaper" which is singular. Maybe, Amy, you should brush up on your writing skills before you criticize others!

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