LGBT supporters hold candlelight vigil at Big Spring Park ahead of Supreme Court hearing Tuesday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Groups calling for equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community held a vigil Monday at Big Spring Park.  The event took place across the street from the Madison County Courthouse.

This vigil is ahead of Tuesday’s events in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in marriage equality cases.

The Supreme Court will not rule on Tuesday. Instead, justices will take the matter under consideration and rule later this year, possibly in June.

The Huntsville vigil is one of several taking place across the country to support the LGBT community.  Huntsville’s event is hosted by Equality Alabama, Free2Be, HRC, Freedom to Marry and the Campaign for Southern Equality.

“We have reached a critical moment in our nation’s history as the Supreme Court considers whether to extend basic legal protections to all citizens of our country,” said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. “Here in the Alabama, LGBT people experience the first-hand impact of discriminatory laws every day. A favorable ruling from the Supreme Court could impact not only marriage, but other laws that discriminate against LGBT people. While we are hopeful that the Court will act to overturn these laws, whatever the outcome, we will keep living our lives with dignity and continue the push for full equality under the law in all 50 states.”

Other groups opposed to gay marriage are also holding gatherings in various cities, including one on the steps of the Supreme Court Monday morning.

“We will obey God rather than judges who violate our Christian beliefs, and the First Amendment of the Constitution,” said Janet Folger Porter, President of Faith2Action. “We are calling on Congress to remove their jurisdiction to rule on marriage and defund all enforcement and implementation of every federal anti-marriage ruling.”