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Actress Sharon Gless, six couples in gay-marriage lawsuit to be honored March 16 by Equality Florida

Equality Florida will honor actress Sharon Gless and the six couples suing to marry in the state of Florida at the LGBT-rights organization's annual Miami gala on March 16.

Gless, co-star of Cagney & Lacey, Queer As Folk and the lesbian drama Hannah Free, is a longtime champion of LGBT rights.

"Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless is one of the most acclaimed and recognized actresses working today," according to Equality Florida. "A vocal advocate for LGBT equality, she served as grand marshal in the Miami Beach Pride Parade, received the Gay Icon Award at Philadelphia QFest, the PFLAG Ally award in Toronto, and was honored by L.A.’s Gay & Elder Housing and by Norman Lear’s People for the American Way for her unwavering support of human rights.  She is also an active participant in the ongoing struggle to prevent the overturn of Roe vs. Wade."

The South Florida couples suing to marry are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. Equality Florida Institute is also a plaintiff.

Gless, who lives part-time in Fisher Island, and the six couples will receive Equality Florida's Voice for Equality award.

The 2014 Equality Florida Miami Gala will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.

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