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Gay marriage supporters to rally in Palm Springs tonight

Published On: Mar 25 2013 02:51:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2013 09:01:00 AM CDT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Gay marriage supporters will rally in Palm Springs Tuesday evening following the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on California's gay marriage ban.

The "Rally For Equality" is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the county building at 3255 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. The event is being put on by the Coachella Valley United for Marriage for All, which is part of the Human Rights Campaign.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on two marriage cases -- Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor. The Perry, scheduled to be heard Tuesday, case deals with California's Proposition 8, a measure passed by voters in 2008 that says marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind recognized by the state.

The Windsor case, to be heard Wednesday, deals with the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. The law says that marriage in federal law or regulation means a union of a man and a woman.

The court is expected to rule on the cases in June.