Vigil Called For Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Case

10:59 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- The LGBT community of Winston-Salem hosted a candlelight vigil for same-sex marriage on Monday.

Several hundred LGBT supporters gathered on the steps on Winston-Salem Federal Courthouse.

This vigil was just one out of hundreds rallies and marches held across the country as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the "Prop 8" and "DOMA" cases in Washington, DC.

The case in Washington could impact all 50 states including states like North Carolina, which currently do not allow same-sex marriage.

According to John Dinan, a professor of politics at Wake Forest University, "A lot depends on whether the court issues a very a narrow decision or a very broad decision."

North Carolina is one out of 41 states that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. Residents voted for a ban in May of 2012.

"If the court decides that California amendment is unconstitutional, this could mean no effect on other states. But it is also possible that the court could hand down the decision that would recognize a federal constitutional right to same-sex-marriage. In that case, that would result in the legalization of same-sex-marriage in all 50 states," Dinan said.

"Everything is before the court, all the way from upholding the current California marriage ban amendment, all the way to other end of the side, which could breakdown the amendment and say to all 50 states, you may not ban same-sex-marriage," said Dinan.

The Supreme Court justices are expected to finishing hearing arguments this week. Constitutional experts say a final decision could be seen by June.

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