AP relents on use of "husband," "wife"

02/21/2013 | Columbia Journalism Review

The Associated Press was right to update its stylebook to offer guidelines on the terms "husband" and "wife" that are inclusive of same-sex couples, Jennifer Vanasco writes. An AP internal memo issued last week sparked controversy because it said reporters should generally use terms such as "partner" in situations where married couples are of the same sex. "I’m happy to see that they listened to their many (correctly angry) critics, including the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and issued a new stylebook entry that is concise, fair -- and truthful," Vanasco writes.

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