Executive editor J.J. Perry announces that the Aberdeen American News will be taking marriage announcements from everyone able to legally marry in South Dakota, including same-sex couples:
Those who go to aberdeennews.com/site/forms/announcements will note that some of the language has changed to better mirror the law of the land.
We took some of our guidance from the state; South Dakota has updated its marriage licenses to read “spouse A” and “spouse B,” rather than “bride” and “groom.”
In our forms, both parties will have the opportunity to select from “bride” and “groom” categories. Those choices should make the process more inclusive, and will still get the right information to the newspaper [J.J. Perry, “SCOTUS Ruling Means Change to Paper’s Wedding Announcements,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.07.06].
Perry does not say whether workers with religious objections to announcing such unions will be permitted to throw their wooden shoes into the presses. However, readers concerned that reading such announcements will tarnish their rings may skip that page and turn directly to the divorce announcements.