No birth announcements in Eugene

Seems Eugene’s daily, the Register-Guard, has a birth announcement policy that states they may print the names of only married or (interestingly enough) unmarried biological parents. (So basically anyone but a same-sex couple…or perhaps an infertile unwed hetero pair?). When Sharon and Rebecca Flynn tried to put announcement in the paper for the birth of their daughter they were told it must list only Sharon and the sperm donor. And while on one hand this seems trivial, or at least sad mostly to the couple who had to go through the pain of a media outlet telling them that they were not a family. On a larger scale, however, it is troublesome to think of what news we may not hear based on a paper’s personal and/or moral policies. Thank goodness college independent press tells it like it is.

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