Texas Newspaper Omits Same-Sex Spouse’s Name in Obituary

Texas Newspaper Omits Same-Sex Spouse’s Name in Obituary

The newspaper publisher removed the husband’s name because he believed it was ‘contrary to God’s word.’

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer March 16, 2018, at 3:26 p.m.

A SAME-SEX COUPLE IN Dallas is accusing a newspaper of discrimination after the paper omitted one of their names in a family member’s obituary. After Barry Giles’ mother, Brenda Light, died in February, the local newspaper in Olton, Texas, removed his husband’s name from her obituary, citing “religious and ethical reasons,” Fox 4 News reported.  In the original obituary sent to The Olton Enterprise, Giles wrote, “Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.” Giles and Gambill have been together for 31 years.  However, when it was published, there was no mention of Gambill.  Read the entire article here.