by Max Brantley
Laura Phillips, mother of the redoubtable Will Phillips of West Fork, is on a bandwagon on Facebook because of friends' inability to get local newspapers to publish news of their marriage. I should mention they are of the same sex and will marry in another state. As when we published the marriage of a Little Rock native in Argentina some months ago, the newspapers are saying, as the Democrat-Gazette did then, that they will only publish news of marriages legal in Arkansas.
Well, the numbers remain small, but they are growing. Laura's Facebook thread mentions three same-sex couples with marriage plans.
The Arkansas Times' posture is unchanged. Though we don't have a regular marriage feature, we'll happily publish news of same-sex marriages as a counterweight to discrimination the couples experience elsewhere. Laura's Facebook page includes a similar offer from the Fayetteville Flyer.
PS — The Human Rights Campaign today issued a statement calling on the Northwest Arkansas Times to drop its policy of refusing to run the engagement and wedding announcements of same-sex couples. Theoretically, I guess, it could run the notices and have them stuffed inside the regional Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the dominant player in the NW Ark. newspaper partnership. When last checked, it won't run such notices, but if the NWA Times did, it could, I guess, go bi- as far as newspaper policy was concerned.