History in the high court

Marriage equality supporters mark historic week with candlelight vigil in Times Square

Staff Reports

NEW YORK — Several hundred marriage equality supporters turned out for a candlelight vigil in New York‘s Times Square on Sunday evening, in a peaceful demonstration to mark this week’s historic events in which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Rarely has a time called for dignified reflections and ‘giving witness’ to the moment,” noted civil rights leader David Mixner, who organized the event. “Not acknowledging the importance of those hearings in our lives is unacceptable.”

Photo courtesy Peter Yacobellis

Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Tuesday on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and on Wednesday on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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