EUGENE, Ore. -- News that The Register-Guard newspaper would accept birth announcements from same-sex couples drew a favorable response from KVAL viewers in the first 12 hours after the story aired on KVAL News.
Many readers said they planned to re-subscribe to the local newspaper due to the change in policy.
What do you think? Join the discussion here.
Viewer e-mails sent to KVAL News:
I am delighted to hear of the change in the register-guard's birth announcement policy! I think it is wonderful and will certainly bring many people the joy and pride they deserve.
Absolutely it is the right thing for the R-G to print all birth announcements. Even when a person or entity not necessarily agree with a particular person's stance, that doesnt' give us the right to use any power we may have to discriminate against them.....
Yes! And about time - ALL children deserve the same welcome! Onward
P.S. Now to include adoption! As I said....all children deserve the same welcome to their personal family as well as the community "family".
I think it is time that we recognize the Register Guard's updated policy and I applaud their decision. Of course it is good that the RG announce the birth of children to Same sex couples. I am very gratified.
Robert Reid, Springfield
You asked for our opinions: I applaud the Register-Guard's decision to print both parents in their birth announcements regardless of marital status. It is long overdue. Families come in many forms; committed parents should be recognized regardless of their ability to marry. I had stopped reading the R-G due to their outdated policy, and hope they take the next step and list adoptive parents as well.
I also appreciate your coverage of the change in last night's news. Thank you!
My partner and I, proud parents of a 13 year old daughter, were thrilled to renew our subscription to the Register Guard yesterday. The idea that a newspaper editor could decide who a child's "real" parents are and print only those announcements containing the "real parents'" names is astounding. We raise our daughter with her biological father, all three of us staying up with her at various times when she's been sick over the years, picking her up from school, and attending endless school plays and concerts together. Who else besides the three of us could say that any one of us is more a parent than the others?
We missed the Register Guard after we cancelled our subscription in 2006. We're so pleased to be able to participate again in our community, knowing that as our family sits at the table in the morning sipping our coffee and reading the paper, other families who look different than ours are doing the same.
Victoria and Nicole Smithweiland
I am so happy that the Register Guard has implimented a new policy and will now print birth announcements for same sex couples.I dropped my subscription because of their previous policy and will be calling today to re-subscribe. Go Guard!
Thanks for your great coverage of this important change in Register Guard policy. We have been confronting the paper on this issue for years and I'm glad they have finally decided to do the right thing. OF COURSE the names of both parents should be listed in birth announcements no matter what that family looks like.
I (we, the Moms and three boys and numerous relatives) have been married symbolically, married legally, annulled, guardianed, co-adopted, paid for a multitude of legal documents to protect our children and ourselves in case of many of the possible disasters of life.
I am personally amazed by all the societal changes since my very lonely “coming out” before there any open discussion of sexual minorities.
I am “way n favor of the Guard’s change of policy to allow children to have two officially announced parents.
Kids these days need all the parenting we can give them. They and our future deserve full recognition of positive parenting.
I was thrilled to see that the Register Guard has finally changed it's stance around the birth announcement policy and am excited to see grass-roots efforts in action. More than ever it's important to recognize the value and support of family, in whatever shapes or sizes it comes in. We need to celebrate community, be it straight or otherwise, and it just did not make sense to not include both parents in announcements. It's a serious undertaking bringing and raising a child in this world, and we should applaud those that make that commitment to one another and to their family.
I had cancelled my subscription originally over this debacle, and am pleased to look at getting back in service. (it's just not the same online, though I do recognize the beauty of it)
I heard through your programming that the RG finally changed its policy on birth announcement for same sex partners. It's about time. Thanks for the update!
I think it's fantastic that the Register Guard finally got some sense about them! Changing the policy about birth announcements was a great move! Hooray for equality! Up with Change!
I am so happy to hear that the birth announcements for Lesbian couples will be printed in the Register Guard AT LAST!
We will consider re-subscribing to the Register Guard as our budget allows.
Thanks for your coverage.
It is good news to finally hear that Human and Family respect is being recognized in this small way! Family is love, caring, trust and respect. Something that we all strive to give and/or find at sometime in our lives. These little steps of acceptance will help get us all to a higher level of acceptance.
Yea, to the RG and yes I do subscribe to the daily. Keep the mind open and it can be filled with peace.
I thought I would like to put my 2 cents worth in. I had not unsubscribe to the RG but I do like what you did. In being able to see the birth announcements of the parents. Now, does this include Gay couples, who have adopted or have had surrogate mothers? I was just wondering. I'm certainly not going to unsubscribe if you don't. It is your paper. I do find that other papers do come out with news about the LBGT before yours does. Like I said it is your paper.
subscriber for over 25 years
In regards to The Register-Guard's birth announcement policy change....
IT'S ABOUT TIME! To me it was such a "no-brainer". Why should it matter if a child has two mom's or two dad's or a mom and a dad. If it is a loving, caring, nurturing home who are we to say it is wrong?! This world is full of different kinds of people, it's what makes the world go round.
Yes, I work for The Register-Guard. I have for 21 years. I was dismayed that it took them this long to change their policy!
Sheryll M. Varner
I think the change in the Guard's birth announcement policy is wonderful, and too long in coming. I didn't have the self-control to cancel my subscription in protest, so I'm not re-subscribing, but I wish there were another way to express my appreciation for the change.
Carolyn G. Wade
THANK YOU for your story including the R-G change to include birth announcements of gay and lesbian parents!! Welcome to 2009 - the world is (has been in many countries) changing and finally we are beginning to catch up.
Now.......when the R-G quits putting 10 pounds of advertising in their Sunday paper (talk about waste!!) I will re-consider subscribing once again. And I have heard the "but that is how we pay for the paper" excuse too many times.
Hi - Just wanted to let you know that I think the Register Guard has done the right thing by publishing the names of same sex parents in their birth announcements. The RG is a community newspaper and these parents are a part of our community. These parents weren't asking for special rights, just equal rights. Way to go RG!
Thank you for last night's coverage of Human Rights Day & the R-G's update of its birth announcement policy. I support the change of policy. It is one small step in ending discriminatory practice, and honoring all relationships that bring a child into our community.
I just wanted to say that I am all for the recent change in policy by the Register Guard on their birth announce stance. We are all equal under the constitution and it is about time we start ending discrimination on all front.
I am pleased the Register Guard is including all families when making birth announcements.
I wanted to let you know that I am very happy the RG finally changed it’s birth announcement policy. Thanks for running the story.
Thank you for acknowledging the human rights issues and announcing ALL babies born at Sacred Heart.The babies born to same sex partners are just as loved and wanted as any other baby born in this community, maybe more..This is a VERY important issue that needs to be addressed in the local media..
Thanks and Happy Holidays to your staff,
15 years ago our son was born and the refusal of the R-G to accuratly publish his birtha announcemnt was sad and unfair.
Today it's a different story ; We think it is great that the R-G changed its policy to include our families.
Adelka Shawn and Alicia Hays
I want to express my appreciation for your coverage of the recent change in the R-G birth announcement policy. I am extremely pleased that our local paper, that presents news and information to the people of our county, has updated its discriminatory policy. The policy now reflects the type of open and inclusive mindset that makes this such a wonderful place to live and raise children.
I will definitely be subscribing to the paper again. Again, thank you for sharing this great news with the public.
Hurray! I think it's terrific that thr Register-Guard has finally updated its policy on birth announcements to include the children of same-sex parents. It's good that all families are represented.
I think it's great and I am going to re-subscribe
I am very happy the Register Guard changed their birth announcement policy to be more inclusive. Now they need to include adoptions, and change their marriage page to include Domestic Partnerships.
Thanks for your coverage of this issue.