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    Same-Sex Marriage Rally in Cincinnati, Ohio


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     R.J. McKay has been an advocate for same-sex marriage for almost a decade. He captured these images at a rally he attended Tuesday afternoon with his partner of 16 years. The event took place at Lytle Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was organized by Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a Pro-LGBT group that supports marriage equality.

    McKay said, "We were rallying in support of marriage equality and to mark the fact that hearings for 6 cases from 3 states are being heard in the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati."
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    On Wednesday, August 6, the US Court of Appeals 6th Circuit will hear arguments regarding same-gender marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. In support of marriage equality, Why Marriage Matters Ohio hosted a rally in Lytle Park in downtown Cincinnati. There were more than a few hundred supporters who came to show their support. Speakers for the event included James Obergefell (who won his case to be named on his husband's death certificate), Cincinnati's openly gay City Council member Chris Seelbach, Ohio State House of Representative's open and courageous lesbian Nickie Antonio, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

    Many state and local news outlets covered the rally. By my count, there were only two counter protesters who remained quiet and peaceful as the pro-equality crowd passed them by. The police presence was notable in and around the park. Attendees of the rally were from Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

    The rally was upbeat and fun. It mixed speakers and music. Some of the plaintiffs from the Ohio and Kentucky cases took to the stage to thank the crowd for the support they have received. Directors from Equality Ohio and Equality Michigan revved up the crowd and a group of supportive clergy spoke about the love in religion.

    Another rally is being hosted by Freedom to Marry Ohio at Fountain Square in Cincinnati on Wednesday as the hearings are happening. These hearings are being reported as some of the biggest marriage equality events since DOMA was partially struck down in 2013. It's only a matter of time before marriage equality is back in front of the Supreme Court for another win!!

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