Gay Rights Groups to Rally in West Palm Beach Following Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage
Several gay rights groups will be rallying across Florida today, including the West Palm Beach city center plaza, where they intend to either cheer for or protest the Supreme Courts ruling on two same-sex marriage cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be handing down its remaining rulings as the term wraps up on Wednesday, which includes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8.
The big one, regarding DOMA, is Hollingsworth v. Perry, which would make marriages for all couples -- gay or straight -- a constitutionally protected right.
If the justices uphold the ban, it would be a huge setback for the gay community.
The court could also simply issue rulings protecting the right to same-sex marriage in just California and in other states that recognize same-sex civil unions. It could also dismiss the case altogether.
Among the groups rallying today will be Equality Florida, the Palm Beach County National Organization for Women, and the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.
The groups are asking those who want to attend the rallies to bring signs and posters, as well as friends and family.
The justices are expected to hand down their rulings around 4 p.m.
The rallies are planned to kick off at 4:30.