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Must The Dallas Morning News Publish ‘Married By Skype’ Couple Mark + Dante Walkup’s Wedding Announcement?

Mark Reed-Walkup and Dante Walkup, the Texas couple who used Skype to get gay married via D.C., are pissed the Dallas Morning News won’t print their wedding announcement. Except the newspaper says it will — in a separate but equal arrangement.

The Dallas Morning News only runs same-sex announcements in its “Commitments” section, not “Weddings,” according to the paper’s stupid policy. Something about gay marriage not being legal in Texas, as if that prevents a newspaper from realizing the discriminatory ban is stupid and unjust and deciding to look over it.

Inexhaustible, the Walkups have filed a complaint against the independently owned (by A.H. Belo Corp.) newspaper with the city, citing an ordinance that prevents sexual orientation discrimination in matters of housing, employment, and yes, public accommodations. Since wedding announcements are paid, the Walkups argue the paper — or at least its Weddings section — is a public accommodation and not immune to a newspaper’s First Amendment rights. A theory some J.D.s might disagree with, but one I’m definitely leaning toward agreeing with. What say you?