Ask North Dakota Newspaper to Allow Same-Sex Engagement Announcements

Target: Dianna Baumann, Celebrations Editor of The Forum

Goal: Revise the policy concerning same-sex engagement and wedding announcements in The Forum

When Alison Johnson and Kelsey Smith of Fargo, North Dakota, sent their engagement announcement to The Forum Newspaper, it and their $25 publication fee were returned. The couple intended to get married in New York, which recently legalized same-sex marriage, and believed that their home city was accepting and open-minded. They were shocked to discover that their engagement announcement was refused.

The rejection was sent back with an apology stating that The Forum did not accept same-sex engagement or wedding announcements, along with the offer of the refund. The couple did not even consider the rejection when they sent in their announcement. Now the online community is supporting the couple and protesting the rejection of their engagement announcement.

Sign the petition below and ask The Forum to revise their policies on engagement announcements. Same-sex marriage is legal now in eight states, and the Episcopal Church has recently voted to start performing same-sex ceremonies. The community has spoken, and The Forum cannot remain behind the times by continuing to refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriages.


Dear Ms. Dianna Baumann,

Same-sex marriage is at the forefront of the news today as more and more states are legalizing it. That you, a progressive, open-minded community, would reject the announcement for a same-sex engagement shows that your values are antiquated. Alison Johnson and Kelsey Smith wanted to share with their community that they were spending the rest of their lives together, but their announcement was rejected by you.

Please show that you are open-minded and accepting by revising your policy when it comes to same-sex engagement and wedding announcements. Though same-sex marriage may not yet be legal in North Dakota, you will be setting an example of tolerance to other publications and to the rest of the world. The announcement of a same-sex engagement affects no one, and only proves that there is a little bit more love in the world.

[Your Name Here]

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  1. This is why we must get out there and donate time to make the world better! I am donating time to Obama! At one time it was “against the Bible” for women to have the right to vote and that was less than 100 years ago! Women got out there and made the change! You can too!

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