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Charlestonians rally in support of same-sex marriage

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Shane Landrum and Tony Beard say they're ready for marriage.

"It effects us personally because we've been together for eight years, and we're dying for the opportunity to be recognized just as everyone else is in the government as a legal couple."

They were among a few hundred people who rallied in downtown Charleston for marriage equality one night before the highest court hears arguments about the legality of California's Proposition 8. It banned gay marriage in the state in 2008.

"We always talk about equality here in our country, and that's really a value we all espouse to, and yet we don't live equality because the LGBT members of the populations, citizens who pay taxes and contribute to the community just like everyone else, don't experience the same equality when it comes to marriage," says Warren Redman-Gress, the executive director of the Alliance for Full Acceptance.

Daniel Jones, 26, says the Supreme Court's reversal of Prop 8 would be huge for the gay rights movement.

"I think right now we have a lot of momentum already, and I think this will further push that momentum."

Those not part of the LGBT or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community also came out rallying behind same-sex marriage.

"Marriage equality is a state supported, legal action, and marriage equality is the right thing to do," says Richard Hayes, a supporter of same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday. It  will decide whether the federal government must provide benefits to same-sex couples married in the nine states where same-sex marriage is legal and Washington D.C.

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