Same-sex news: From AP Style to the Supreme Court

by Marjorie Otto

AP Style

The Associated Press Stylebook has a new entry for journalists using the words “husband” and “wife”, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Newscut

The Stylebook, which serves as a guide for journalists on common terms, misused words and political correctness, among other things, is updated annually to reflect changes in society.

Husband, Wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.”

The High Court

The Huffington Post reported Thursday there will be a Supreme Court debate in March on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). President Clinton signed DOMA into law in 1996. The court will listen to arguments on whether the law violates the rights of same-sex married couples in states with legalized same-sex marriage under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of equal protection of laws. There is also an issue with the Executive branch saying this is unconstitutional.

The Obama Administration is also trying to get the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.