Gay Marriage Rallies At Florida Capitol & Across Country

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Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee United for Marriage, Light the Way to Justice Rally was held at Noon on Monday, March 25th at the Old State Capitol Building.

Press Release: The Family Tree Community Center, Inc.

On March 26 and 27, the United States Supreme Court will consider two cases that are fundamentally about whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans should have the same freedoms as everybody else. The high court will rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, which repealed marriage equality granted in that state.

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In two different cases this week, the Supreme Court will consider the powerful question of what it means to be married.

On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry -- a case considering the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. The next day, the court will hear arguments in United States v. Windsor, which challenges the constitutionality of a section in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Both cases are profoundly important for the gay rights community and those interested in defending a "traditional" definition of marriage. One, however, has the chance to be a truly monumental case.

"The Proposition 8 case has the chance to be a landmark decision that fundamentally changes the law and the status of gay people in America," UCLA School of Law Prof. Adam Winkler told "The Prop. 8 case has the potential to be the Brown v. Board of Education for gay rights."

In the Prop. 8 case, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to rule on the fundamental issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutionally-protected right to get married. The DOMA case is more limited in scope -- rather than considering who has the right to marry, the case considers whether legally married gay couples should have access to the federal benefits afforded to married straight couples.

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