Thursday, February 21, 2013


The Associated Press today decided that husbands and wives get to be called husbands and wives, regardless of the sex of the people to whom they are legally wed.

From the latest update to the AP Stylebook:

"Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested.
"'The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife," said AP Senior Managing Editor for U.S. News Mike Oreskes. 'All the previous conversation was in the absence of such a formal entry. This lays down clear and simple usage. After reviewing existing practice, we are formalizing ''husband, wife'' as an entry.'" 
A few of the publications which run my cartoon made it out onto the streets with this week's episode of Ed & Smitty before the AP decision came down. My apologies to the rest.

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