Today the Fargo Forum announced it will print announcements of gay marriages. It will apply only to marriages performed in states where such marriages are licensed.
Thus, announcements of marriages of local couples which are to take place in North Dakota or Minnesota will not be published until these states change their laws. If the marriages take place in nearby Iowa the announcements will be published.
Before now, the Forum would not print announcements of any gay marriage. The change reflects some obvious truths.
One is the Forum, like the church down the street, is a business. It makes its money by selling advertisements and carrying inserts to your front door. When the public’s attitudes change, it must change as well.
Conservative religious people have often mistaken themselves for a huge economic force. They have staged boycotts over pro gay policies of businesses such as Disney. Today, Disney’s stock is 50% higher than when the boycott began. I doubt a boycott by local people will be noticed.
Another twist to this new policy is the role of government. The Forum’s decision recognizes marriage is the business of government, not religion. Whatever you may think God intended marriage to be does not count. The Forum could have selected a policy to publish only weddings to be performed by licensed clergy, but it did not.
Hopefully, North Dakota and Minnesota will license gay marriages one day soon. In the meantime, the new Forum policy is a good start.