Rallies planned ahead of gay marriage arguments

(WISH Photo DeAndra Taylor)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The 7th Circuit Court of appeal will hear arguments for and against Indiana’s gay marriage ban Tuesday in Chicago.

One Monday the four couples suing the state held rallies along I-65 as they made their way to the Windy City.

24-Hour News 8 followed the rallies progression beginning with a rally at market street downtown Indianapolis at 9:00 a.m. From Indianapolis the crowd went to Lafayette, Munster and finally ended in Chicago.

Plaintiffs say the support has been overwhelming.

“Enough is enough. Today we celebrate with you. We are so honored to have all of you with us. I hope that you will soldier on with us,” said Steven Stolen, plaintiff.

Each couple addressed the crowds of supporters. They expressed their hopes for marriage equality.

“Because it’s critical for everyone to understand the impact that not having the right to legally marry in Indiana has on so many families,” said Henry Greene, plaintiff.

Some of the couples are married and hope to be recognized. Others hope to marry in their home state someday.

12-year-old Casey Greene is accompanying his two dads to Chicago Monday. He says he wants them to be able to get married.

“So they’ll have the same legal rights and stuff,” said Casey.

Strangers showed in support. One man and women at the rally are set to wed this year. A right that they have that they think everyone should have.

“It’s totally unprincipled. It’s nothing but discrimination. And that’s supposed to be illegal,” said Harold Crooks a supporter.

Local supporters from each town rally wrote encouraging messages on paper hearts and handed them to the plaintiffs along the route.

This, all ahead of Tuesday’s oral arguments that could lead to a potentially groundbreaking ruling to permanently lifted ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana and the recognition for those who married out of state.

It’s an act of commitment and security that these men and women say is their constitutional right.

“We are excited and calm I think. We’re ready for tomorrow to come and hope that Judge Young’s decision is upheld. We’re hopeful,” said Tara Betterman-Layne, plaintiff.

The fourth and final rally is in Chicago at 6:30 p.m.

WISH-TV’s live coverage of tomorrow’s oral arguments begins Tuesday at noon.

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