AP Stylebook to recognize same-sex marriage in “husband, wife” entry

“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.”

Associated Press, announcing today that its AP Stylebook, used widely as a media guide, will include an inclusive entry for “husband, wife” in its next edition, which counters a recent AP memo explaining that the news service generally prefers the term “partners” or “couple” for same-sex couples, regardless of marital status. “The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife,” Mike Oreskes, AP senior managing editor for U.S. news, is quoted as saying in AP’s announcement of the change. “All the previous conversation was in the absence of such a a formal entry. This lays down clear and simple usage. After reviewing existing practice, we are formalizing ‘husband, wife’ as an entry. (Associated Press) 

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