After overwrought pressure from the usual gay “anti-defamation” lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of “his husband” and “her wife” in news stories. as if they’ve taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary.
“Victory!” was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions:
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 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.”