News Media Guild member Norma Love, the retiring AP journalist we posted about last week when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) read a tribute to her that's now part of the Congressional Record, is also being recognized for championing domestic partner benefits in AP contracts. "She would become outraged at the company's casually dismissive response that 'we will follow the law' on the Guild's demand for gender equality," Retiree Adolphe Bernotas said. "Conveniently, there was no domestic partner law at the time. Norma acted against AP's stonewalling more than once as she would join the union's negotiating team." Love, recalling her days at the bargaining table, said she remembered coming to New York City twice to get the AP "to recognize us as equals. The day after each presentation AP turned us down. The first time, I knew I was outing myself to AP management but It was a fight like all our fights to be treated with respect and dignity that had to be fought regardless of any consequences _ and the only consequence was rejection despite any of my fears. I like to think we moved AP forward. Union members should always take heart that all efforts for the values that are dear come in increments, important increments." Photo: N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan declares June 18th Norma Love Day as Love and her partner, Merry Fortier, look on. Photo by Jim Cole.