The Patriot-News, a newspaper serving central Pennsylvania, announced on Friday it will “strictly limit” all editorials critical of same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. The newspaper first announced it would “no longer accept” the op-Eds, but later softened its position.
The newspaper’s editorial board published an op-ed explaining the decision:
On Friday, the United States crossed a similar threshold, continuing a long road to acceptance of same-sex unions.
And this news organization now crosses another threshold.
As a result of Friday's ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.
These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.
The Patriot-News will accept letters to the editor and editorials critical of the Supreme Court’s decision “for a limited time.”
“The march of progress is often slow, but it is always steady,” the newspaper’s announcement stated. “On Friday, the United States took another step toward the ideal of equality envisioned by its founders. And we are all more free as a result.”