SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two days of courtroom arguments this week over gay marriage; whether states can ban it, and whether the federal government can refuse to recognize it.
At a candlelight vigil, beginning at around 5:00 Monday night, at the Federal Court House, dozens of people have gathered to express their support for expanded equality.
Supporters of same-sex marriage are at the court house one day before the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on two different cases.
The first case: a challenge to California's Proposition 8 that voters there approved back in 2008. Prop 8 defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Opponents of that amendment are asking Supreme Court justices to determine whether a state government can decide who can and cannot marry.
The second case: a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been in place since 1996. The act denies some federal benefits to gay married couples.
Supporters told 22News they hope to get their voices heard as the hearings begin tomorrow (Tuesday).