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Rally to overturn gay marriage ban held in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday to overturn a ban on same sex marriage.

At the same time, supporters of marriage equality are rallying here in Kentucky.

A number of Kentuckians braved the cold Tuesday to march on the state capitol’s steps in support of same-sex marriage.

They say marriage equality is the Civil Rights struggle of this generation.

Participants marched side-by-side as they headed toward the state capital; each of them unified by one common cause.

“I hope this marriage equality message is something that will strengthen all marriages,” said one pastor who participated in the march for marriage equality.

They hope Tuesday’s march gained enough momentum to send a message to lawmakers.

“We are calling for the state of Kentucky to strike down the 2004 ban on same sex marriage,” said Maurice Blanchard, who organized Tuesday’s rally and march.

They picked to march on Tuesday because the U.S. Supreme Court also heard arguments regarding Proposition 8 that day.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on Proposition 8 and 1996 The Defense of Marriage Act by the end of June.
Activists say marriage equality is the civil rights issue of this generation.

“I’m an openly gay man and my partner and I have been together for eight years and we don’t have the 1,400 rights and securities that heterosexual couples enjoy,” Blanchard said.

But activists believe there is a growing tide of acceptance of same sex marriage in our country.

“I think we are getting there. It’s slow, hard work but I’m excited because I think a lot of good change is on the way.”

Until all citizens are granted equal rights, gay marriage activists say they will continue marching one step at a time.


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