Rally for marriage equality at the Massachusetts State House on June 14, 2007 (photo: James Lopata)
The United States Supreme Court begins hearing arguments concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples tomorrow, Tuesday, morning.
Massachusetts, the birthplace of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the U.S., is rising to the occasion with rallies and other activities.
Tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, a rally in favor of marriage equality is scheduled at 3 p.m. near the Government Center T stop at City Hall Plaza. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is scheduled to speak along with Kara Suffredini, executive director of MassEquality; Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); Tim Coco, a Haverhill businessman who cannot sponsor his Brazilian spouse for residency under DOMA; State Rep. Carl Sciortino; and others. Already, several hundred have indicated on the rally's Facebook page that they will attend.
Also tomorrow, Tuesday, evening a vigil is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House. Called "Light the Way to Full Equality," the gathering is sponsored by Get Equal, according to the event's Facebook page.
Further, Mary Bonauto, the lawyer who successfully argued to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in the Bay State, will be attending the Supreme Court hearings in Washington, D.C. and providing commentary tomorrow night on WBUR's Radio Boston at 3 pm, and on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday evening at 6 pm.
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