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Funeral for NY sergeant active in gay rights

September 2, 2013
Associated Press

BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral has been set for a former U.S. Army sergeant from New York who publicly challenged the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.

Darren Manzella of Rochester was hit and killed by a vehicle in the suburb of Pittsford last Thursday while trying to push his car off of a highway after an accident.

The Democrat and Chronicle ( ) reports the funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in the Chautauqua (shuh-TAWK-kwuh) County village of Brocton.

The 36-year-old ex-soldier fought against the former military policy barring gay soldiers from revealing their sexuality. He was discharged from the Army in 2008 after revealing during a television interview that he was gay.

Manzella married his partner in July.



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