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Petition to Maggie Brooks

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Whereas Patricia Martinez and Lisa Golden have been married since 2004 and have been denied rights as a married couple, we petition, Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive, to recognize this marriage. The case, Martinez v. County of Monroe, was filed in 2005 in State Supreme Court on behalf of Patricia Martinez, an employee of Monroe Community College in Rochester, seeking health care benefits for her female partner. One February 1, 2008, the New York appellate court ruled that marriages of same same-sex couples entered into outside of New York must be recognized in this state. The ruling was a 5-0 decision in favor of Ms. Martinez. Currently Ms. Brooks is using our tax dollars to appeal and delay the court's decision. We call upon our elected official, Ms. Brooks, to obey the decision.

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