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Same-Sex Marriage Rallies Planned Around D.C. This Week

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Both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to rally in advance of the Supreme Court arguments Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to rally in advance of the Supreme Court arguments Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Supreme Court is taking up the issue of gay marriage this week. Groups on either side of the issue are planning rallies around the country and within the District this week.

Over the weekend, LGBT rights supporters began a string of rallies leading up to Tuesday's Supreme Court case. The rallies are being held in 160 cities spread throughout all 50 states.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA. If the latter is struck down, it will allow married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits in states where gay marriage is legal. The Prop 8 case will determine whether state-by-state bans are allowed.

On Tuesday, supporters of gay rights will take to the Supreme Court early in the morning.

Speakers include D.C. Del. Eleanor Homes Norton, Reverend Gary Hall, the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral and many members of the military. With so much at stake for the LBGT community and opponents, people involved say they are anticipating a massive turnout.

Opponents of gay rights also plan to voice their opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, with a competing rally called the March for Marriage. It's hosted by religious groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

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