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Gay marriage vigil set for Tuesday in Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

As the US Supreme Court gets ready to hear two gay rights cases this week, supporters of gay marriage are planning a Tuesday night vigil in Tampa.

"We are in a truly historic moment in the movement for equality," said Jarrod Scarbrough, of Get EQUAL FL.

The Light the Way for Justice Coalition, a group of gay rights organizations, has held rallies and vigils across the country to show support for marriage equality in recent weeks.  About 50 people attended a rally Monday in Tallahassee.

The Supreme Court is holding a hearing Tuesday on California's ban on same-sex marriage.  If the court rules against California's ban, that could make Florida's own ban unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, the court will hold another hearing about the federal law that prevents married gay couples from receiving the same benefits straight couples qualify for.

Tuesday's vigil in Tampa starts at 7:30 PM at the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse.

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