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CA protest seeks Social Security benefits for gays
LOS ANGELES â€“ Protesters chanting slogans and carrying signs marched in Hollywood Sunday to demand equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples.
About 700 peaceful demonstrators walked more than a mile to rally outside the Hollywood Social Security Administration office, said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
"This was the kickoff for a national campaign to end discrimination when it comes to Social Security," Jean said. "We not only have to educate the straight community, but we have to educate our own. Many don't know how it works until they're older and faced with having been denied benefits."
Before the march, U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez told the cheering crowd she would author legislation that would extend survivor benefits to older gay and lesbian couples.
And I see no problem with this. You wanna give worldly benefits to worldly people? You go right on ahead. I take issue when you try to give worldly people spiritual benefits, like giving homosexuals the right to marry. Then I take offence.