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Published July 24, 2012, 05:29 PM

Fargo same sex couple amazed by support

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It has sparked an on-line and water cooler conversation involving people around the world - The Forum Newspaper's rejection of an engagement announcement from a same sex Fargo couple, planning to get married in New York next week.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It has sparked an on-line and water cooler conversation involving people around the world - The Forum Newspaper's rejection of an engagement announcement from a same sex Fargo couple, planning to get married in New York next week.

Late this afternoon, The Forum Newspaper met privately with Kelsey Smith and Allison Johnson. This as editors and ownership of The Forum today review the policy of not accepting engagement announcements from same sex couples. For the couple, it has been a crazy 24 hours.

Kelsey Smith – Getting Married: "It has been amazing and such an awesome rally."

Kelsey Smith and Allison Johnson are counting down the hours to their New York City wedding day. But as they prepare to celebrate, they are caught up in social media and culture storm over the engagement announcement that The Forum Newspaper rejected.

Allison Johnson – Getting Married: "I think not so much the punch in the gut will stick with us, but the rallying and outright support we have been getting is what will really stick with us. We have pretty much forgotten about the punch in the gut."

After their wedding in New York, the couple will return and make their home in Fargo, a city they see as progressive and accepting. The newspaper rejection of their announcement.

Kelsey Smith: “I was sad. I was bummed. I honestly had thought that as progressive as Fargo seemingly is at this point, I didn’t even consider that to be an option as a response. I thought, ‘cool we paid the money and we would see the announcement next Sunday.’”

But it wouldn't take long before rejection here would turn into widespread support - an instant online explosion of acceptance.

Allison Johnson: "We fell on the floor for a second, but our community picked us up and that is the best thing that could have happened in this situation and I think The Forum is listening to the community."

Kelsey: "We have been just blown away by the love and support."

And the couple, that had no intention of getting involved in a publicity tour, knows only good can come of it.

Allison Johnson: "Everything that has happened in the community and on Facebook, and the social push to let this awareness be heard. I think more than anything it is not just about me and Kelsey, it is about loving relationships everywhere and being able to express that just like any other couple can."

The couple says while the reaction to the rejection has been a distraction the last 24 hours, they say it has initiated a refreshing conversation about the issue in our community.

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