Two authors, David Powers King and Michael Jensen, who are collaborating on the YA novel Woven, have had their contract cancelled by their publisher because one author refused to remove the word "partner" from his bio, stating quite clearly that he is gay.
The publishing company itself is a Christian outlet, but the novel is aimed at the YA market, and with YA market in mind. From the edits on the bio that the publisher requested, the publisher was fully aware of the one author's sexuality. They asked the author if he could simply remove 'live with my partner' from his bio. The author refused.
It comes to something when an author's sexual orientation becomes a contract negotiating point.
I'm going to leave it to the authors themselves to explain this one, because, quite frankly, it leaves a bitter taste in my throat with how they've been treated.
David Powers King