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Groups from Four States to Rally in Cincinnati as Same Sex Marriage Arguments Loom

Groups from four states will rally in Cincinnati's Lytle Park on Tuesday ahead of oral arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that will decide six marriage cases in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee.

The "Rally for Marriage Equality" will feature former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland as a keynote speaker. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Fairness Campaign of Kentucky will join the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Equality Ohio, the Tennessee Equality Project, Equality Michigan, and dozens of other organizations in hosting the event.

Two of the six cases involve same-sex couples from Kentucky, a state that banned same-sex marriage by constitutional amendment in 2004. Federal District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled in February in Bourke v. Beshear and again in July in Love v. Beshear that the ban violates the United States Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. Governor Steve Beshear has hired outside counsel to handle the case for the Commonwealth after Attorney General Jack Conway tearfully refused to proceed following Heyburn's ruling.

The four other cases are spread across the three other states in the Sixth Circuit. Oral arguments begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. Entry to the courtroom is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.