Same-sex marriage supporters hold rally in downtown BR
POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Depending on how the Supreme Court rules, same-sex marriage could be legalized not just in California, but in the entire country,
That's exactly what the Capitol City Alliance wants to see.
About 100 people showed up for a rally downtown yesterday outside of City Hall.
They said gay marriage isn't just about equality; studies show that married people live longer, healthier lives, and they're less likely to become depressed.
They also say opponents of gay marriage don't have good reasons to oppose the idea.
"It's easy to fall back on tradition or things that you've heard,” stated Reverend Keith Mozingo with the Metropolitan Community Church. “But, when you see your loved ones, your family members, and your friends standing here saying that it affects them or someone in their family, it puts a face on the issue."
"Our community is really hungry for change,” stated rallyist Bruce Parker. “We're hoping that the Supreme Court makes a huge decision and makes things better
Prop 8 is just one of the gay rights issues the Supreme Court is hearing this week.
Today, it will hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from giving benefits to same-sex couples.
The Defense of Marriage Act wasn't a problem back in 1996 when the law was signed; since then, eight states and Washington D.C. allow gay marriage, making it a problem now.