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By her side is her ...
By her side is her partner and fellow minister Mary Anne Osborn of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield. (Brian A. Pounds/Connecticut Post)
...Osborn, associate pastor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, said she and the Rev. Joanne Neel-Richard have not participated in a civil union because they've taken steps on their own to ensure legal protections on inheritance, power of attorney, hospital visitation and other issues.
"We are waiting to be married," said Osborn
, 55, after a morning press conference on the Capitol's third floor."We've been together for 24 years and simply want the same dignity and opportunity afforded others."
Neel-Richard said she
now 7-month-old granddaughter, Avery, will grow up with gay marriage as a right - and discrimination against committed same-sex couples a matter of history, similar to 80 years since women won the right to vote and the era of racially separated water fountains.
St Pauls Episcopal Church, Fairfield, CT
Mary Anne Osborn, M. Div.Associate Rector
The Rev. Mary Anne Osborn, Associate Rector, was called to St. Paul's in 1999.She
is here daily (Fridays are her
day off.) with her
dog Blye, now the parish mascot, and they both are usually surrounded by children playing with the toys in her
office.Mary Anne was ordained in 1986 after years of working as a psychologist and as a chaplain in hospitals and geriatric institutions--training an experience that continue to enrich her ministry.She
is involved in all aspects of parish life, with special focus on pastoral care, outreach, new members, adult education, and the spiritual life of children--and animals and their humans.She shares a home in New Haven with the Rev. Joanne Neel-Richard, who is also an Episcopal priest.
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Mary Anne Osborn, Priest, St. Paul's Episcopal Church