A local Texas paper erased a mention to a grieving son-in-law because he is gay.
When Brenda Light passed away, her family submitted an obituary reading “those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.”
However, this is what the Olton Enterprise printed:
The newspaper’s publisher, also a part-time preacher, said he removed the reference to Gambill because of ethics.
“It would be unethical to publish a news item that is known by the editor to be false,” Phillip Hamilton said. “Based on the truth found in the Word of God, I could not in good conscience identify Mr. Gambill as the husband of Mr. Giles.”
The couple was left distraught by erasing Gambill and their relationship from the obituary.
“We’re human beings like anyone else,” Giles said. “We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.”
The local paper has since been flooded by negative reviews on the internet.