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Tell Arkansas Newspaper: Change Your Discriminatory Obit Policy

HRC is joining with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) in calling for the Batesville Daily Guard, an Arkansas newspaper, to change a discriminatory policy regarding their free obituary submissions, and recognize loving, committed couples.

The action came about following an exchange Batesville resident Terrance James had with the paper’s managing editor, Angelia Roberts. James’ partner of ten years recently passed away from spinal meningitis. James wrote and submitted an obituary to the Guard – but when the obit ran, all mentions of James had been removed. Instead, only James’ partner’s siblings and deceased parents were referenced. Roberts told James the paper had a strict policy of not giving ink to unmarried couples, and offered to rerun the obituary – for a fee of $85.

LGBT couples in Arkansas don't have the option to marry.

To speak up and tell the Guard to change their policy, add your name to our petition!

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