Wednesday, February 27, 2008

(UPDATED) Protesters fight for same-sex marriage rights

A local lesbian couple's fight for equal rights changed history in New York State, but Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is appealing the ruling. That prompted a rally outside her office Monday.

About 100 people protested at noontime. They were back again Monday night fighting for equal rights for same-sex couples. One local couple started this all with a lawsuit four years ago.

"I'm just sorry that we have to fight this fight," said Lisa Ann Golden. She married the love of her life in Canada back in 2004.

"I'm tired of feeling like a second class citizen because I fell in love with someone, and it happened to be a woman," Golden said. That woman is Pat Martinez.

Their fight for equal rights began when they were denied spousal benefits from Martinez's employer Monroe Community College.

"The importance of same-sex marriages is that we get the same protections that everybody else does," said Martinez.

On Monday, dozens of people joined the fight including clergy and local leaders.

"What this is really about is discrimination," said Brighton Town Supervisor Sandy Frankel. "Discrimination against families, and we have to stand strong and fight for fairness for everyone!"...... see link for more ....

Pat Martinez herself left an important comment and update in this post. Please read.

Read the rest at News 10 whec, and see the video. (The video is very good)

Related Posts: Monroe County to appeal same-sex ruling AND

Court: Gay marriage in Canada should be recognized in New York


Patricia Martinez said...

What an exciting time this is -- and what an honor it is to see our story on so many blogs.

The County Attorney will be on 1370 WXXI at 1:00 Monday afternoon -- EVERYONE who can should call him and tell him what they think about this appeal.

Hit them from every direction.

Stay tuned to my own blog for updates.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Pat,

Actually, I am the one who feels honored. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

I might have to work, but if not I will consider calling.

I will make this information known by drawing attention to it in this post thought an update.

I will also post your blog on my blogroll, (hope you consider doing the same). I will be stopping by to see your blog later tonight. I will be reading your blog on a regular basis. Thanks for keeping up updated!