In the News: AP Stylebook Adds Entry for ‘Husband, Wife’
AP adds a new entry to its stylebook following discussion last week prompted by an internal AP memo. The memo generally indicated the use of “couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages” unless “ those involved have regularly used” the terms husband or wife or could be quoted using those terms. The new entry reverses that default, preferring husband and wife and allowing spouse or partner on request.
In a Feb. 21 press release, Mike Oreskes, AP senior managing editor for U.S. news, said, "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.”