HRC Runs Ad in Arkansas Paper Calling for Change to Discriminatory Obituary Policy
June 23, 2011
HRC is running a full-page ad in tomorrow’s Batesville Daily Guard calling on the newspaper to reverse its discriminatory policy of not recognizing loving, committed couples in its free obituaries.
The paper’s current policy only allows for the recognition of married couples in its free obituaries. Oscar Jones, Legal Counsel to the Guard, tells HRC the paper’s board will meet next week to take official action on a policy change. Jones says he “hopes and believes the policy will be changed.”
HRC launched an action earlier today calling on the Guard to reverse their policy. In just four hours, nearly 1,500 people sent petitions to the paper.
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