The Herald's selective Goodridge scoop

Credit the Boston Herald for breaking the story of gay-marriage pioneers Julie and Hillary Goodridge filing for divorce. But note, too, that the story isn't quite the scoop it pretends to be.

Two and a half years ago, Globe reporter Michael Levenson took note of the Goodridges' separation. (A couple days later, so did Herald columnist Margery Eagan.)  Somehow, though, the fact that the Goodridges split up back in 2006 didn't make it into Herald reporter Laurel Sweet's story today--or into a companion piece by Jessica Heslam and Jessica Fargen. 

I don't know the Goodridges, and I have no idea what transpired between them since Levenson's piece ran. But the amount of time it took for them to legally formalize their separation has at least the potential to undercut the analysis that anti-gay marriage stalwart Kris Mineau gave the Herald ("Obviuosly, they don't hold [marriage] in very high esteem"). It's too bad the Herald left it out.

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