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organizers sue paper for not publishing ad

Twin Cities pride
organizers sue paper for not publishing ad

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Gay pride organizers in Minnesota's Twin Cities area are suing the Star Tribune newspaper, the state's largest daily, for refusing to run an ad publicizing their event.

Gay pride organizers in Minnesota's Twin Cities area are suing the Star Tribune newspaper, the state's largest daily, for refusing to run an ad publicizing their event. The lawsuit stems from a complaint pride organizers filed with the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission in 2004, when the paper refused to print an ad featuring two men kissing as a promotion for the 2004 pride festival. At the time, organizers claimed the paper applied different standards to gay-themed content, since the paper prints ads featuring heterosexual couples kissing. The complaint also alleged the paper retaliated against the organizers by later refusing to print all subsequent ads regardless of content and failed to make good on its promise to be an event sponsor. Now, two years after the first complaint, which the Civil Rights Commission ruled it did not have jurisdiction over, organizers are suing the Star Tribune directly. They filed their case in Hennepin County district court on Friday. A spokesman for the newspaper, Ben Taylor, said the Star Tribune stands by its decisions and expects to prevail in court. The pride organizers are hoping for an out-of-court settlement. This year's Twin Cities pride festival begins Friday and ends Sunday. (Sirius OutQ News)

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