Bilerico-Indiana reader Marie Siroky and her lovely wife CJ (Weiss) Siroky were married in Iowa recently and the Indianapolis Star printed a wedding announcement for the blushing brides.
I spent some time poking around in the Star's archives since I thought I remembered another same-sex marriage announcement that was published a while back, but I couldn't find it online. Fellow blogger and former Star reporter Ruth Holladay, however, went straight to the source. She e-mailed Dennis Ryerson, the Star's Executive Editor.
I asked exec editor Dennis Ryerson if this represented a change in policy. He graciously replied,
"Thanks for asking. It wasn't a first. We've had two or three. Very little if any public response to any of them. Of course this one, with a pastoral associate and divinity student involved, would have been a tough one for some people to get their arms around."
Congratulations to CJ and Marie. Marie was nervous they wouldn't publish the announcement and we e-mailed back and forth several times going through all the possibilities. Would they print it or wouldn't they? Would the brouhaha over the Elkhart Truth's recent publication of a same-sex marriage announcement have any effect? Thankfully, the Star made life easier for the newlyweds.
Kudos to the Star for helping CJ and Marie to share their happiness with the entire community.