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Same-sex marriage supporters rally in Harrisburg

Supporters of same-sex marriage rallied outside the federal courthouse in Harrisburg Monday as they awaited some much-anticipated rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court did not address same-sex marriage Monday but is expected to at some point this week. Earlier this year, the justices heard arguments related to California’s Proposition 8 (defining marriage as between a man and a woman) and the Defense of Marriage Act.

“I couldn’t sleep too much because I was waiting for decisions and getting up and watching live blogs,” said Katie Somers, who’s been with her partner for about four years and eventually wants to get married in Pennsylvania. “In Pennsylvania, gay people can be fired from their jobs for being gay. We could be denied housing, credit.”

Randall Wenger, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, said he would be surprised if the Supreme Court issued sweeping decisions.

“It’s hard to tell, but the Supreme Court has a tradition of deciding things as narrowly as they can,” said Wenger. “It’s probably better to say, OK, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., New York state, go on and try this on your own, and let’s take a look at the research down the road.”

The Court announced Monday additional decisions will be issued Tuesday. Decisions in these cases may not come until Thursday. This is the final week of the current term.

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