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WEST PALM BEACH

CBS

12 WPEC

CHANNEL 12 NEWS

2011-06-26

18:41:14

SAME SEX MARRIAGE. THE EVENT KNOWN AS ‘PRIDE IN PARADISE’. IT’S THE LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN OUR STATE.. DRAWING CLOSE TO 80- THOUSAND PEOPLE. MANY HOPING TO SEND A MESSAGE TO FLORIDA LEADERS.. TO FOLLOW NEW YORK’S LEAD.. AND ALLOW SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN OUR STATE. TARA (OTS) IN THE BIG APPLE.. ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST AND LARGEST GAY PRIDE PARADES.. TURNS INTO A VICTORY CELEBRATION AS WELL. (VO) THOUSANDS FILLED THE STREETS IN NEW YORK.. DANCING ON FLOATS AND MARCHING WITH SIGNS. IN ADDITION TO MARRIAGE RIGHTS.. THE LAW GIVES SAME- SEX COUPLES EMPLOYER HEALTH BENEFITS.. EASIER INHERITANCE AND A HOST OF STATE TAX BENEFITS. (OTS) MEANWHILE, IN OUR AREA.. THE LOCAL GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS GROUP ‘COMPASS’ HELD ITS ANNUAL BALL IN WEST PALM BEACH LAST NIGHT.. HONORING WEST PALM BEACH MAYOR JERI MUOIO, FOR HER PRO-RIGHTS STANCE (SOT) I’M ORIGINALLY FROM NY AND I’M VERY VERY HAPPY.. THAT IN NY GAYS AND LESBIANS CAN GET MARRIED.. EQUALITY IN NY.. I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME WE START TALKING ABOUT IT HERE IN FL. (VO CONT) NEW YORK IS THE 6TH STATE TO ALLOW SAME SEX MARRIAGE. THE OTHER FIVE ARE CONNECTICUT, IOWA, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW SEX MARRIAGE. THE OTHER FIVE ARE CONNECTICUT, IOWA, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND VERMONT, AS WELL AS WASHINGTON D-C. THE NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT NEXT MONTH. JOHN NATIONAL H-I-V AND AIDS TESTING DAY IS TOMORROW. AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OFFERING FREE CHECKS.. WITH FAST TURNAROUND AND NO NEED TO GIVE BLOOD. CBS-12’S GARY WIDOM FINDS OUT HOW A CHEEK SWAB IS BEING USED TO TEST FOR THE DISEASE. (TAKE PKG)