Rallies for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin as Supreme Court takes up issue

CREATED Mar 26, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Milwaukee area and across America are rallying Tuesday as the Supreme Court hearings over the issue get underway.

It was expected to be an emotional day for people gathering at Plymouth United Church of Christ at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday for a rally and vigil.

Those who were set to gather there want marriage equality, particularly in Wisconsin.

The state recognizes civil unions, but many are hoping for that to change.

Many guest speakers were to gather at the church, from the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center to the ACLU.

The Supreme Court was to have two days of hearings on the issue.

Proposition 8 in California, and the Defense of Marriage Act, both are coming up for debate.

Some recent polls show more support for same-sex marriage, but many others still believe marriage should solely be between a man and a woman.

"I don't see how our getting married would impact anybody else's marriage negatively in any way," said Sandy Stier, a supporter of same-sex marriage, to NBC's Nightly News.

"The institution of marriage and marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to each other and to the children that they may create and raise in the best environment," explained Austin Nimocks, who defends Proposition 8.

People on both sides of the issue will be watching the highest court to see what happens.