When Elizabeth Clopton and Mary Bouldin got engaged recently, their engagement announcement was rejected by the Daily Progress. They were told that they couldn’t even buy advertising space, because their impending marriage would only be recognized by their church, not the state. (See last week’s Hook for the story.) Now Progress publisher Lawrence McConnell has backpedaled a little. Same-sex couples can promote their engagement or wedding, but only by paying for advertising space in a section of the paper other than the “Family Album” section in Sunday’s Lifestyle section. The setup is perhaps best described as separate but not quite equal. Lisa Provence has the story in this week’s Hook.