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.
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