When I was in Lexington, the daily read was the Herald-Leader, part of the McClatchy chain of newspapers; complaining of the leftward list of the paper and the chain as a whole was common amongst my friends.
Here might be a contributing factor; chairman Kevin McClatchy outed himself to ESPN. It's a sports story since he used to own the Pittsburgh Pirates; he's one of only two sports execs known to be gay.
Mainstream media has a hard time covering a lot of cultural issues since the reporters and editors tend to lean strongly secular and liberal on social issues. Here, you have one boss who has a vested interest on that side of the issue.