Historic Marriage Equality events underway across the United States

172 events start in all 50 states, with all eyes on Washington, D.C., as people start record breaking queue outside SCOTUS

By Melanie Nathan & Cathy Kristofferson, March 24, 2013.

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Fourth day in line rain and snow
Fourth day in line rain and snow

3/25 UPDATE:  over 2500 people have gathered at events ranging from Casper, Wyoming, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Cleveland, Ohio already.  And tonight is the big “night before”…

The events in support of marriage equality, scheduled to coincide with this weeks arguments at the United States Supreme Court in the DOMA and Prop8 are underway … See images from Columbus and Cleveland Ohio, North Carolina, New York City, and many more.

3/25 UPDATE: Thousands at San Francisco Rally – marched from The Castro to City Hall – See pictures updated below.

At the same time people are already lining up outside SCOTUS, (The Supreme Court of The United States) to try and get inside to witness the historic arguments in the case arguments set for Tuesday March 26th:

– People wishing to be present for next week’s Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage have begun lining up outside SCOTUS to guarantee their place in the audience, facing four nights in freezing conditions and potential snow.

– While it is not unusual for people to line up overnight to be present for landmark Supreme Court cases such as last year’s Health Care Reform hearings, queuing for four nights in harsh weather conditions is exceptional.

– Around a dozen people, one of whom even arrived as early as Thursday afternoon, (that is six days ahead) have started a queue to hear Tuesday’s arguments on Proposition 8 and Wednesday’s on the Defense of Marriage Act, both of which prohibit same-sex marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider two cases about the freedom to marry. These two cases – which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.

Momentum is on the side of equality and now the country is pouring onto the streets so the voice for freedom and equality can be heard by the nine justices who will decide the issue.

A bipartisan majority of Americans recognize that the ability to marry the person you love is a Constitutional right. But now is the time to stand up and show your support for marriage equality. Join us in Washington DC for a rally outside of the Supreme Court at 8:30am ET on March 26 and 27 – and our associated Interfaith Service and Passover Seder on 26th. Wear red to show your support for marriage equality!

If you can’t make it to DC, check out our map of events happening around the country and find the one in your community!

This is a historic moment in the equality movement, and we hope you can participate in an event to show your support. Let’s give people hope and create lasting change by using the voice of the people!

Please visit this for updates as we add images (newest at the top) – slide_288424_2267237_free

Gavin Newsom gave the press his impression of the proceedings
Gavin Newsom gave the press his impression of the proceedings
Melanie chats with Cleve Jones after his closing remarks...
Melanie chats with Cleve Jones after his closing remarks…
Melanie gets her own personal prayer (does that come with a copy of  Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus I wonder.It's mine if so...)
Melanie gets her own personal prayer (does that come with a copy of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus I wonder.It’s mine if so…)
as does Equality Across America, winners of the longest banner award
as does Equality Across America, winners of the longest banner award
GetEQUAL show NOM why we are there...
GetEQUAL show NOM why we are there…
Melanie and Todd watch NOM's "parade of hate"...
Melanie and Todd watch NOM’s “parade of hate”…

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NOM's 'March for Marriage' interrupts...
NOM’s ‘March for Marriage’ interrupts…
Military and family speakers...
Military and family speakers…
N.A.A.C.P...
N.A.A.C.P…
N.O.W...
N.O.W…
Task Force emcees the Rally!
Task Force emcees the Rally!
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SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL
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SAN FRANCISCO CASTRO
Thousands turned out to rally for equality
Los Angeles vigil at City Hall.  Photo courtesy John Carroll.
Los Angeles vigil at City Hall. Photo courtesy John Carroll.
Lighting the Way in Tuscaloosa, AL - ROLL TIDE!
Lighting the Way in Tuscaloosa, AL – ROLL TIDE!
Times Square candlelight vigil
Times Square candlelight vigil
Out and proud in Casper, Wyoming!
Out and proud in Casper, Wyoming!
Candlelight vigil, Floyd, VA
Candlelight vigil, Floyd, Virginia
Grand Rapids, Michigan: about 140 people marched pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws against gay marriage.
Grand Rapids, Michigan: about 140 people marched pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws against gay marriage.
Members and Friends of KCC rallying for equal rights.  Have faith that our prayers are answered.
Members and Friends of KCC rallying for equal rights. Have faith that our prayers are answered.
March for marriage equality. Columbus (OH) Dispatch.
March for marriage equality. Columbus (OH) Dispatch.
Congressman Jerry Nadler speaking for marriage equality
Congressman Jerry Nadler speaking for marriage equality in NYC
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Lots of folks of different stripes gathering for marriage equality at the Stonewall Inn.
Beautiful. Equal. United.  Cleveland City Hall
Beautiful. Equal. United. Cleveland City Hall
Swishers marching and rallying for love and equality.  Washington Square Park.
Swishers marching and rallying for love and equality. Washington Square Park. NY
Vigil highlights local dissent over Defense of Marriage Act. Fayetteville, NC
Vigil highlights local dissent over Defense of Marriage Act. Fayetteville, NC

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