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Protestors assembled twice on Monday - once at the lunch hour, and then again between 4 and 6 p.m.
The late afternoon/early evening rally was attended by over 200 people, including same-sex couples with young children and close to a dozen couples who were legally married in Canada. Rochester City Councilman Bill Pritchard, Democratic County Legislator (26th District) Steve Eckel, Brighton Town Supervisor Sandy Frankel, Father Jim Mulcahy of Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church, Michael Nicosia representing Interfaith Advocates, along with many other community leaders and local couples/families, addressed the crowd. The common theme was that all NYS families deserve equal and fair treatment.
Sue Morgan, with her family (wife Jenny and daughters Katie-aged 4 and one year old Eleanor-)standing by her side shared how she has not been able to get on her wife's health insurance due to the fact that their Canadian Marriage is not recognized by Monroe County. The result has been that Sue, as a stay at home mom, has been w/o health coverage and their daughter Eleanor is on Medicaid.
Marriage discrimination causes numerous unnecessary financial, medical, legal and social hardships for same-sex households because they are denied over 1300 rights and protections that NYS extends to married couples. A complete itemized list of these rights can be found on the Empire State Pride Agenda's website: www.prideagenda.org
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