For the last week the LGBT blogosphere has been battling the Associated Press over a direction to their reporters that they should not automatically refer to people in legal same-sex marriages as “husband” or “wife.” I left the story alone because I figured the AP would immediately correct such as obviously wrong position. Today they finally did. Here’s the new policy.
husband, wife 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 adds: “The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife. 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.”