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Monday, December 18, 2006

Worcester rally takes ugly turn
Gay marriage backer "pushed"
By Richard Nangle
TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF


Several counter-protest signs appeared among the large group of people supporting a Massachusetts constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage during a rally and counter-protest in front of Worcester City Hall Saturday afternoon. (T&G Staff Photos / PAUL KAPTEYN)
WORCESTER—
Tempers boiled over at an anti-gay marriage rally yesterday when the executive director of the Boston-based Catholic Citizenship emerged from behind a lectern outside City Hall, rushed toward a female counter-demonstrator, and pushed her to the ground.

Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green “Let the People Vote” signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.” Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.“It was definitely assault and battery,” said Ronal C. Madnick, director of the Worcester County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Police interviewed Mr. Madnick and several others moments after the incident.

As Ms. Loy lay motionless on the ground, crying, Mr. Cirignano ran back behind the lectern, where moments before he had opened the afternoon rally by leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance...

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