Hundreds rally for marriage equality in Charlotte

Hundreds rally for marriage equality in Charlotte

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN & DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 9:32 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- About 200 people gathered in Charlotte's Marshall Park Tuesday night to send a message to the Supreme Court: they're fighting for marriage equality.  The rally was one of 150 like it taking place across the country.

Rochelle Dixon said she was there to support her mother's 12 year marriage to the woman Rochelle calls "my father-mother."

"I'm straight but I don't see why my mother can't be happy, you know?" said Dixon.  "They are humans just like everybody else and deserve to be treated the same."

Todd Kreps, of Huntersville, said he came out to for the vigil because he and his partner "have been together for 25 years.  We have bought houses together.  I moved across the country when he took a new job so we could be together and it is time for our marriage to be recognized and legal."

Sarah Demarest and April Geer also attended Tuesday night’s marriage equality rally in Charlotte.

“This is a critical moment in our nation’s history, for me personally, and for us as a nation because we really need to make a decision.  The states are divided and people are divided over this issue,” Demarest said.

This week the Supreme Court is hearing two landmark cases on marriage equality.

“That’s again why this vigil is so important tonight.  We really need to be visible and I think the more people that stand up and say this isn’t right, this isn’t fair, the more people that can do that, the more of an impact it will have,” she said.

Both women are in long term relationships with other women.

“We are not considered the same as everyone else,” Geer said.

Demarest added, “I woke up this morning and she was in the kitchen making bacon and eggs and toast and I thought, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to get married,’ except for me, it’s illegal.”

She's hopeful the Supreme Court will change that and feels certain recent polls showing more than half of Americans now approve of same sex marriage must be weighing on the justices.

“I think the fact that the majority of Americans now believe in access for gays and lesbians definitely impacts them.”

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