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Supporters Gather In Perry Square for Marriage Equality

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As the Supreme Court discussed marriage equality on Tuesday, nearly 100 hundred people here in Erie gathered to show their support. Many there say it's not about others approving, but about being able to love and support whoever you want.

"It's just simply about equality," said Mike Mahler of Erie Gay News. "People don't have to 'approve' or think it's a great thing. I may not approve of the Kardashian  marriages, but the point is everybody deserves to be equal under the law."

One of the major issues supporters of marriage equality say they're fighting for are benefits, such as shared insurance. Doris Cipolla said she's knows first hand the effects of not having shared benefits, after her partner passed away seven years ago.

"My taxes were $38,000," said Cipolla. "Had we been married, I would not have paid anything. And it's something that is very heart wrenching, even if it weren't that amount and it was less."

People at the vigil said they're not sure of what the outcome will be, but Mahler said hearing cases like this concerning equality, is the Supreme Court's job.

"That's why they're there, that's why they have the position they do. Right about the Supreme Court, it says "Equal Protection Under the Law." So they have this at their work place, this very big reminder of ultimately what they're ruling about." 

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will continue their discussion on marriage equality, talking specifically about the Defense of Marriage Act. 

 

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