Metro Weekly

AP updates its stylebook to not reflect the use of husband or wife for same sex marriages

“We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves ‘husband’ and ‘wife.’ Our view is that such terms may be used in AP content if those involved have regularly used those terms (‘Smith is survived by his husband, John Jones’) or in quotes attributed to them. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.”

— From an Associated Press memo detailing an update to its stylebook. (

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at