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Rochester Rallies for Dollars and Sense

The following post comes from Errin Doyle and James Bragg, HRC field organizers in Western New York working to pass marriage equality:

With tax day pushed to April 18th this year, Western New Yorkers gathered in a rural town along the Erie Canal to make the case that marriage equality makes economic sense.

There is much to be gained financially for lesbian and gay couples and ALL New Yorkers. HRC supporters were joined in Fairport, NY by community members, local professionals, and the musical cast of “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.” All were excited to spread the message of how marriage Can close the gap; the budget gap, that is. Members of Equality Rochester, Marriage Equality New York, the New York Civil Liberties Union and a local business owner rallied the crowd and presented a large voided check to illustrate the $302 million dollars that New York could gain from marriage equality.

The theme of the day: In such tough economic times, marriage equality just makes sense.

If you’re in the Western New York area and want to get involved in making marriage equality a reality, contact field organizers Errin Doyle at and James Bragg at

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