Supreme Court gay rights cases spur East TN rallies

1:52 AM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases regarding gay rights this week in Washington D.C.

On Tuesday, they will hear oral arguments as to whether the California's Proposition 8, which invalidated same-sex marriages in that state, is constitutional. Then, on Wednesday, they will hear oral arguments as to whether the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA], which defines marriage as a "legal union between a man and a woman", should be struck down.

More Information: Question presented to SCOTUS regarding Proposition 8


In Fentress County, the groups Women in Prayer and Voice of Hope, banded together to organize a rally in support of DOMA. Church of the Harvest Pastor Roger Burks said it is important the country follows the tenets of Christianity.

"Being a Christian and also an American, our country was founded on the Judea-Christian values," Burks said.

Their rally will take place at 7 p.m. CST, Monday, at the Fentress County Courthouse in Jamestown. But, that won't be the only demonstration that takes place in East Tennessee regarding gay rights.

More Information: Question presented to SCOTUS regarding the Defense of Marriage Act


On Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. EST, activists will hold a candlelight vigil in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville, in hopes that the Supreme Court will repeal DOMA.

Bleu Copas, an executive board member with the Tennessee Equality Project, said the law has had a major negative impact on the LGBT community.

"We feel we need the right to marry," he said. "It really hurts our community, it hurts a lot of children."

Copas said he believes the Supreme Court will rule to strike DOMA down.

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