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Utah gay and lesbians put out positive energy ahead of U.S. Supreme Court hearing

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Gay rights advocates tell ABC 4 Tuesday is a big day for gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on two cases dealing with same sex marriage. So, Utah's gay and lesbian community is working to put out a lot of positive energy.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Gay rights advocates tell ABC 4 Tuesday is a big day for gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on two cases dealing with same sex marriage. So, Utah's gay and lesbian community is working to put out a lot of positive energy.

Monday night you could feel the positive vibes. Hundreds of Utah's LGBT community gathered at the Salt Lake Library to put out feel good energy into the world.

"Let's take a moment to join hands, close you're eyes and send out into the universe a positive energy about marriage equality," said an event organizer.

"It feels like the we're on the cusp of a new civil rights movement," said Terri Henry, gay rights advocate.

"No one is the enemy in this battle over gay marriage," said Drew McGee, gay rights advocate.

Tuesday that battle goes before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justices will begin hearing arguments on two key gay marriage cases, one against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevents same sex marriages from being recognized from state to state; the other, against California's controversial "Prop 8" banning same sex marriage.

"This may be the only time in our lifetime that the Court hears those cases. We need a positive outcome and we need to fix the challenges that our families face," said Valarie Larabee, Utah Pride Center Executive Director.

"Right now I'm in a different America, I'm in a different America than you are right now," said Penny Kirby, gay rights advocate.

"I have a friend who's partner's visa is expiring. They don't have a way to preserve their family and they've lived together for 4 years," said Derek Snarr, gay rights advocate.

So on Monday Utah's LGBT community is hoping the flicker of hundreds of candles and a positive attitude will enlighten the minds of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices so they can celebrate happy marriages saying "I do" to each other.

"That's all we're really asking for is a choice, is a choice. Everyone should have the opportunity to have the choice to get married," said Penny Kirby, gay rights advocate.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on these cases starting Tuesday, the Court is not expected to make a ruling until June.

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