The largest newspaper in New Hampshire, US, has come under fire for refusing to publish gay marriage announcements.

The Union Leader refused to publish notice of a marriage between two men in Portsmouth at the weekend.

Although gay marriage is legal in New Hampshire, the newspaper said that its stance was that marriage was reserved for a man and a woman.

Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid said: “While the law sanctions gay marriage, it neither demands that churches perform them or that our First Amendment right to choose what we print be suspended.”

Greg Gould, one half of the gay couple involved, told CNN that the newspaper was “out of touch”.

“It’s just news,” said Mr Gould.

“If they didn’t want to report on all the things they didn’t like, then they wouldn’t report on murder, and war, and government.”