GLAAD is on the ground in Washington DC all day today, as marriage equality supporters (and opponents) are rallying, and as the United States Supreme Court continues to hear arguments in cases that will decide the future of Prop. 8 and DOMA. Find out more at www.glaad.org/marriage.
We will be updating this liveblog throughout the morning with highlights from the rallies.
12:42 PM Edie Windsor: "I think it's going to be good."
12:41 PM Edie Windsor: "I know that the spirit of my late spouse, Thea Spyer, is right here, watching and listening, and we've been very proud and happy of where we've come to."
12:40 PM Edie Windsor: "When my beautiful, sparkling Thea died four years ago, I was overcome with grief...In the midst of my grief, I realized that the federal government was treating us as strangers."
12:40 PM: Edie Windsor speaks at press conference outside the Supreme Court.
12:30 PM: Edie Windsor exits the Supreme Court as the crowd chants her name.
12:20 PM: People leaving the Supreme Court take photos of the huge crowd.
12:12 PM: Program ending. The crowd waits for Edie Windsor as people exit the Supreme Court.
12:10 PM Rev. Cindi Love: "We hand our lives and legal statuses over to 9 justices."
12:08 PM Imam Daayiee Abdullah: "We believe the bonds of marriage and commitment make us stronger."
12:08 PM: Benediction by Rev. Harry Knox, Rev. Cindi Love and Imam Daayiee Abdullah.
12:06 PM: Crowd chants, "Yes we will."
12:05 PM Heather Booth, United for Marriage Coalition: "We will organize until all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are treated equally under the law."
12:03 PM Heather Booth, United for Marriage Coalition: "Thousands and thousands of allies are standing with us in this moment (across the country)."
12:02 PM Heather Booth, United for Marriage Coalition: "You are proving when we organize, we can change the world."
12:00 PM Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus: "We stand up now for all those who fought for this moment."
11:59 AM Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus: "Love is blind, but marriage will open up both your eyes."
11:59 AM Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus: "If it's time for marriage equality now, make some noise!"
11:53 AM Rev. Leslie Malachi, People for the American Way: "The hope still lives, and the dream that every person can marry the person they love will never die."
11:51 AM Rev. Leslie Malachi, People for the American Way: "Continue to hope with the unwavering confidence that help is on the way."
11:49 AM Rev. Leslie Malachi, People for the American Way: "Hope tells us the "Defense of Marriage" Act will not stand, but like goliath, it will fall."
11:47 AM Tom Hayashi, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates: "The American spring is upon us."
11:42 AM Liz Mair, former RNC Communications Director: "This is about principle. This about liberty. This is about freedom."
11:41 AM Liz Mair, former RNC Communications Director: "My name is Liz Mair and I'm a Republican. But I also support the freedom to marry."
11:37 AM David Wilson, plaintiff in Massachusetts marriage equality case: "Illness, disability, and death could spell disaster, simply because our marriage is not recognized."
11:33 AM Sharon Lettman-Hicks, National Black Justice Coalition: "My LGBT brothers and sisters are my family."
11:32 AM Sharon Lettman-Hicks, National Black Justice Coalition: "You owe allies nothing. We owe you the respect."
11:24 AM Isaiah Jones, graduate of Morgan State University: "If I have to be committed to paying student loans for the rest of my life, why can't I be committed to marry the person I love for the rest of my life?"
11:23 AM Isaiah Jones, graduate of Morgan State University: "I am not here for my rights and happiness. I'm here for the rights and happiness for my parents. To see them being treated equality under the law."
11:21 AM Isaiah Jones, graduate of Morgan State University: "This generation is ready. Ready for progress. Ready for change. Ready for marriage equality."
11:19 AM Earl D. Fowlkes, Jr., Center for Black Equity: "Freedom means freedom for everyone"
11:17 AM: Program resuming.
11:13 AM: A short break in the program.
11:08 AM Rev. Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State: "Decisions of the Supreme Court are not self-executing."
11:06 AM Rev. Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State: "Those who oppose marriage equality are not all bad people, but they are all wrong people."
11:04 AM: Crowd chants, "Equal justice under the law."
11:02 AM Mark Perriello, American Association of People with Disabilities: "The time is now. We are ready. America is ready...Freedom knows no bounds"
11:01 AM Chas Kirven, Get Equal: "We turned our stream of shame into a river of pride."
10:58 AM Chas Kirven, Get Equal: "The time to make the promises of democracy real is now...We will not rest. We will not stop until all people are equal under the law."
10:58 AM Chas Kirven, Get Equal: "D.C., are you with me?"
10:57 AM Tyler Deaton, Young Conservatives for the Freeom to Marry: "As a conservative, I can tell you that DOMA reeks of big government...We won't stop until every single gay and lesbian in America has the right to marry the person they love without big government getting in the way."
10:54 AM Tyler Deaton, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry: "I'm happy to be here as one representative of republicans who support marriage equality."
10:51 AM Emily Sussman, formerly of Young Democrats of America: "When President Obama came out in support of marriage equality, he referenced his daughters."
10:47 AM: Crowd applauds for all volunteers and service organizations, like GLAAD, working to move equality forward.
10:46 AM: A pause to acknowledge the hundreds of institutions who are working to make the rally successful.
10:45 AM Darlene Nipper, The Task Force: "Both cases before the court this week are about whether LGBT people have the same protections as everyone else."
10:43 AM Darlene Nipper, The Task Force: "We know that the wind is at our back...58 percent of all voters, support the freedom to marry. For people under 30, it's up to 80 percent."
10:42 AM: The marriage equality rally program is beginning.
10:39 AM: Faith leaders show support for marriage equality.
10:38 AM: The crowd ouside of the Supreme Court grows larger.
10:35 AM: More marriage equality supporters gather outside of the Supreme Court.
10:31 AM: Mormon support for marriage equality outside of the Supreme Court.
10:28 AM: UndocuQueer support for marriage equality.
10:00 AM: GLAAD staff on the ground in front of the Supreme Court.
9:55 AM: People of faith show support for marriage equality.
9:38 AM: Transgender Pride flag waves in front of the Supreme Court.
9:30 AM: Marriage equality supporters (and opponents) gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Find out more at www.glaad.org/marriage.