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Toronto–Sid Ryan, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and CUPE members from across the GTA will attend a Durham District Catholic School Board meeting tonight, April 8, 2002 at 7:30 pm at the Catholic Education Centre, 650 Rossland Road West, Oshawa.

They are attending in support of Marc Hall, a student at Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School, who is not allowed to bring his same sex partner to the school prom. The CUPE delegation will join others in urging the Durham catholic board to rescind the decision made by the school principal.

Rescinding the decision is the right and fair thing to do. And it will demonstrate your support and the support of your school board for Marc, his family, his supporters, and those in the community who have advocated on his behalf. Anything less would be a disgrace,” says Ryan.

In its 40 year history, CUPE has fought no only for the rights of its members, but for the rights of all people who are being discriminated against in the workplace and in the community. CUPE strives to be a union that is an open and welcoming place for all our members including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered members, and their families.

In short, this discrimination against a gay student, is not only illegal it is just simply wrong,” says Ryan.

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For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774