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To the Editor:

What a terrific article on the issue of same-sex marriage! [“First Comes Love, Then Comes . . . ,” April 8] Thank you for informing your readers about the impact this issue has on so many lives.

I am also proud to share with Metroland and its readers the news that the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Board of Directors, at their most recent meeting, unanimously passed a “statement of opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment.” The Board resolution stated clearly the support of our agency for “the right to reproductive and sexual self-determination for all people and . . . policies that guarantee the essential right to privacy of all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation.”

The UHPP Board is made up of 21 volunteers from Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer counties. As UHPP President/CEO, I can say with confidence that our staff fully supports the conviction of the Board that we must speak out against discrimination, harassment and scapegoating of sexual minorities, and that we must stand up for the rights of all individuals to make personal, private decisions about reproduction and sexuality.

Patricia A. McGeown
President/CEO, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood


In our feature story about same-sex marriage [“First Comes Love, Then Comes . . . ,” April 8], we accidentally reversed the names of newlywed women in a photo of them walking down the aisle. Properly identified, they are (l-r) Lynne Lekakis and Elissa Kane.

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