Supporters of same-sex marriage in Sacramento were out in force Tuesday, the same day the issue was being discussed in the United States Supreme Court in Washington.
“It’s been people from all across the stratosphere. Older people, younger people. Straight couples, couples who have been together for a very long time. It’s just been a wonderful day,” gay rights supporter Ken Pierce said, of a rally and candlelight vigil in front of the Sacramento Federal Courthouse on Tuesday.
There were hundreds at its peak, showing their support of gay marriage and all that would come with it.
Marja Hunt is lesbian. She was there with her two kids and partner.
“If I decide to have another child with my partner, I’d like for her to be able to have rights. And as a parent, for us to be able to get married and be considered legal in this state,” Hunt said.
It’s the task the U.S. Supreme Court must rule on –whether Proposition 8—-a state-ban on same-sex marriage in California – is Constitutional.
“The supreme court justices think about their legacy. And I think most of them want to be on the right side of history because this civil rights movement is something huge,” said Ellen Pontac, who is married to Shelly Bailes.
Bailes and Pontac married in 2008, but have been a couple the past 39 years.
They are hopeful that other gay and lesbian couples will have their chance to marry legally.
“I’m not fighting for our marriage. I’m fighting for equality for everybody and I think everybody deserves that equality,” Bailes added. ”And I will fight until we get it. And as far as I’m concerned, I can see the finish line.”