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Join the 6,000+ Voices Calling for AR Paper Obit Policy Change

LGBT equalityThe Batesville Daily Guard has heard from over 6,000 people since HRC, GLAAD and the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) began calling on the paper to change its discriminatory policy that prevents committed LGBT couples from being recognized in free obituaries. Add your name to our petition now.

CAR held a vigil outside of the Guard’s office yesterday and met with Oscar Jones, the paper’s legal counsel and publisher’s son. Jones said the paper will convene its board to evaluate the policy, but didn’t give a date. He also said the paper will run the original obituary of Terrance James’ partner and include Terrance.

LGBT equalityLast week, Jones told HRC the paper planned to revisit the policy as early as this past week, and he said he “hopes and believes the policy will be changed.” HRC also ran a print ad in the Guard calling on the paper to change their policy.

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