The rallies and candlelight vigils planned around the US Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality have started.
In New York City, there was a candlelight vigil tonight in Times Square. LGBTQ Nation reports:
Several hundred marriage equality supporters turned out for a candlelight vigil in New York’s Times Square on Sunday evening, in a peaceful demonstration to mark this week’s historic events in which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and the Defense of Marriage Act. “Rarely has a time called for dignified reflections and ‘giving witness’ to the moment,” noted civil rights leader David Mixner, who organized the event. “Not acknowledging the importance of those hearings in our lives is unacceptable.”
New York also had a rally and march this afternoon. Towleroad.com reports:
Images and reports are starting to trickle in from this afternoon’s march and rally in New York City urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. Here are a few shots. Participants marched from the Stonewall Inn (above) to Washington Square Park where a rally was held.
Fox 8 reports on a marriage equality rally in Cleveland, Ohio:
As the Supreme Court will review two same-sex marriage cases, Jamie Scott-Moore wonders how that will shape his relationship with his husband, Tim. “We want the state to recognize us,” Jamie said. “We want equal rights, but we recognize each other and that we love each other, and that we’re married to each other, and nobody can take that away from us.” Jamie and Tim rallied with nearly 200 others outside Cleveland City Hall Sunday. Exactly a year ago, the two were married on its front steps.
The Morning Call reports on another rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania:
More than 75 people, many wearing red or rainbow-colored scarves, braved a biting wind Saturday to join a candlelight vigil for marriage equality outside the Edward N. Cahn federal courthouse in Allentown. As the group, which ranged from children to senior citizens, sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and waved signs, passing drivers on Hamilton Street beeped their horns in support.
Over at the Columbus dispatch, they have photos of today’s marriage equality there.
See out comprehensive list of rallies and other events here.