#Unite4Marriage rallying before the Supreme Court and around the country

GLAAD is on the ground at the #Unite4Marriage rally outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC this morning. The rally is in honor of the US Supreme Court hearing marriage equality cases, after which SCOTUS will make a decision about the constitutionality of state-wide same-sex marriage bans. 

The rally is being held from 8:45 am to 1 pm, and will include speeches/participation from LGBT individuals, allies, religious/faith leaders, and other LGBT supporters. 

“A majority of Americans agree that everyone should be able to marry the person they love,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Today’s hearings mark another important milestone in our country’s march to becoming a nation in which everyone is created equal. But as the pursuit of equal marriage rights crescendos, let us not forget that marriage equality is a benchmark, not a finish line – and our work to accelerate acceptance and end discrimination continues.”

Recent polling shows the 63% of Americans support marriage equality, with research predicting the more than 25 states will show supermajority support (above 60%) by 2016. Studies also show that LGBT acceptance increases rapidly in areas with marriage equality compared to areas that maintain marital discrimination.

The rally is a partnership between GLAAD, Marriage Equality USA, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Family Equality Council, National LGBTQ Task Force, GetEQUAL and Campaign for Southern Equality.

For more information and background on the cases before the Supreme Court, visit www.glaad.org/marriage. For more information about Unite for Marriage, visit here

And take a look below for updates:

The religious precession just took place and about 50 folks walked from the church to SCOTUS singing "This little light of mine" and it seemed as though the entire rally went silent to welcome the religious clergy, folks clapping and joining in song.

GLAAD's Alexandra Bolles with openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson.