New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes has called a paper's refusal to print a gay couple's wedding announcement “reprehensible,” The Keene Sentinel reported.

The democrat took a swipe at the Manchester Union Leader's editor, Joseph W. McQuaid, after he defended the newspaper's refusal to print the wedding announcement of gay New Hampshire couple Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine. State lawmakers legalized gay marriage last year.

The paper “should respect the laws of New Hampshire and allow [Gould and Tine] a place in this newspaper along with other couples being married this weekend,” Hodes wrote in a letter addressed to McQuaid.

“The Union Leader's disgraceful policy of exclusion harkens to a different time in this country when people were denied opportunity because of their race, religion and ethnic origin.”

McQuaid, however, has denied claims that the newspaper is anti-gay.

“This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples,” he said in a statement. “It would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women and our opposition to the recent law legalizing gay marriage.”

Hodes is currently running for the U.S. Senate.