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CA Protest Seeks Social Security Benefits for Gays

Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 08:57 PM

Protesters chanting slogans and carrying signs marched in Hollywood to demand equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples.

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean says about 700 peaceful demonstrators walked more than a mile Sunday to the Hollywood Social Security Administration office. She says the event kicked off a national campaign to end Social Security discrimination.

Before the march, senior Alice Herman spoke about being denied benefits after the death of her wife, saying the situation for same-sex couples has to change.

U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez told the cheering crowd she would author legislation that would extend benefits to older gay and lesbian couples. U.S. Rep. Judy Chu offered to co-author the bill. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer also spoke.

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