SCHNUCKS DECLINES TO CARRY FREE GAY PAPER

ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets here turned down an offer to display "The Vital Voice," a free regional newspaper for the gay and lesbian community, because of the space limitations and the lack of broad audience appeal, said Lori Willis, spokeswoman for the retailer."The decision to not carry 'Vital Voice' was not meant to be a criticism or a value judgment," she said. "It's an effort to remain consistent

ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets here turned down an offer to display "The Vital Voice," a free regional newspaper for the gay and lesbian community, because of the space limitations and the lack of broad audience appeal, said Lori Willis, spokeswoman for the retailer.

"The decision to not carry 'Vital Voice' was not meant to be a criticism or a value judgment," she said. "It's an effort to remain consistent and fair in evaluating the many requests we receive annually [to carry newspapers

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