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The Wedding Announcement They Didn’t Want You To See

Fargo Forum Refuses to Print Same Sex Marriage Announcement

Here’s everything we could uncover about this local discussion. If the Forum won’t print it we will at PPP.  Others will too, just watch and SHARE! The site is also a blog site that takes comments.  Keep this visible on FB and the web:


It is with happy hearts that we are able to officially announce our marriage to one another.

Allison Johnson & Kelsey Smith will be getting married in New York City on August 1, 2012. A reception for our loving family and friends will be held on August 4, 2012 in Fargo, ND.

Allison Johnson, daughter of Vicki Maurer, Jeff Maurer and Russell Johnson, is from Austin, TX and currently represents Staples Advantage as the Business Sales Consultant for North Dakota. Kelsey Smith, daughter of Bryon & Joni Smith, is a Fargo, ND native and contracts for AllOver Media, located in Maple Grove, MN.

Together, we are so thrilled to be able to have a formal announcement published and look forward to a lifetime of happiness, hopefully reading similar wedding announcements for same-sex couples in our hometown and across the nation.

See the full story about this local couple’s struggle to share their wedding announcement here.



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    • Cassie on July 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm
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    Heartfelt congratulations and welcome to the family Allison! I’m excited to share in the celebration of your wedding and so very proud to call you family!

    • Carol on July 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm
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    Congratulations to both of you…in times when it seems there is no news but bad news…how can anyone deny the look of love and happiness between these two women. Your picture should have been on the FRONT page of the Forum! May your love last forever.

    • Lori on July 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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    Congratulations to these two beautiful women. My mothers were married a year ago in Iowa, and I only rejoice in the news of more couples like them. Make history and make memories together. God Bless.

    • Cheryl on July 24, 2012 at 10:23 am
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    Wishing you both a lifetime filled with lots of love and happiness!

    • Barb on July 24, 2012 at 9:57 am
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    Congratulations! I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

    • Anita Welch on July 24, 2012 at 6:49 am
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    Congrats to you both. Wish you joy and happiness in the coming years. While it may seem that Fargo, and its leaders, are entrenched in the past, be assured that there are many here who embrace all members of our community. Your joy and love add to the strength of the community we call Fargo. Best wishes.

    • Holly on July 24, 2012 at 3:04 am
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    You two are an inspiration and you are the reason I am proud to support same sex couples of Fargo Moorhead. I wish you the best in all that you do and I want you to know there are thousands of us rooting for you! Screw the forum! You deserve better anyway!

    • Geneva on July 24, 2012 at 12:27 am
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    I’m so glad to call myself part of the FM community that supports this beautiful love. Some day, even the bigots will see how wrong they are. All in due time.

    A fire will rise.

  1. Congrats to a beautiful couple and I wish you many years of wedded bless! I do not know you but I share in a moment of brief stop in the road towards the announcement of your wedding to everyone via Tiny Town Fargo’s paper. Do not let get to you. Know you have many people who are supporting you and your marriage and love. I do not judge you but honor you love and wish for nothing but peace and joy on your special day. Maybe our paths may cross but do not let negativity get in your way today or anyday.. Ignorance is bliss for those who are incapable of change. But your beauty will shine through.. Stay strong and have a joyous affair of love and happiness! Best wishes to you both! Always, Nicole J, Fargo ND

  1. […] But not Allison Johnson.  Allison is bringing a burst of sunlight to the nooks and crannies in North Dakota by calling out The Forum on its outdated policy.  Allison challenged the policy and in doing so poured sunlight where it had not been before.  Below is the announcement that Allison submitted (presently posted at The People’s Press Project). […]

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