Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Associated Press and Marriage Equality

The AP recently issued an internal memo that journalists should not refer to members of a gay marriage as "husbands" or "wives" unless as part of a quotation. Considering the fact that the AP influences journalistic style worldwide and is supposed to represent complete objectivity, this has some pretty significant ramifications for the way that our society conceptualizes gay marriage. Not surprisingly, there has been quite an uproar over the matter. You can read about it on the Huff Post website.

1 comment:

  1. Interestingly, the AP has changed their tune after much criticism:

    "Regardless of sexual orientation, 'husband' or 'wife' is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. 'Spouse' or 'partner' may be used if requested."

    Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-frankupdated-ap-gay-marriage-20130222,0,659752.story