Tennessee

Vigil for marriage equality held in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A candlelight vigil to show solidarity for marriage equality took place this evening at Founders Park in Johnson City.

Roughly 100 people gathered in the park because tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the freedom to marry for LGBT people in the United States.

The vigil took place at 7:30 p.m., and candles were distributed to those who attended the event. A moment of silence was held for 5 minutes.

Organizers of the event, Kenn Lyon and John Baker, say the sheer number of people who showed up proves this is an important issue for the community.

"It is time in this country that we stand up for rights and freedoms that are denied people because of their beliefs," said Baker.  "Those should not be defining factors."

37 states and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex marriage.

Tennessee is not one of those states.

Tomorrow's hearing stems from a ruling from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, which is the only Federal Appellate Court that has upheld bans on same-sex marriage.


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