Associated Press style guide allows ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ to be used for gay married couples
The Associated Press has again updated its guidelines for reporting on same-sex married couples, and has accepted that “husband” or “wife” is “acceptable” to use to describe individuals in “any legally recognised marriage”.
Paul Colford, a spokesman for the AP, later defended the AP’s decision to send reporters a memo saying “husband” and “wife” can be used in AP stories, but that generally, and historically the AP used words like “couples” or “partners” when referring to those in a civil union or same-sex marriage.
A new update circulated on Thursday reads that: “Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized (sic) marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.”
The AP previously drew heavy criticism on the basis that, critics argued, that, irrespective of sexual orientation, a married couple are still married.
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