Couples wait on line at the Oakland County Courthouse March 27 to receive marriage licenses. Over 315 couples married in four counties across Michigan that day, before Attorney General Bill Schuette was successful in securing a stay which stopped county clerks from continuing to issue marriage licenses.

Rally And Marches For Marriage Equality Planned: 6th Circuit Hearing

By AJ Trager

MICHIGAN - The 6th Circuit Court hearing is just around the corner and Michigan and Ohio marriage equality groups have worked hard to gather support for repealing the same-sex marriage ban. Several rallies and marches in both states have been organized. LGBT and allies are urged to bring their friends and family and show their support.

On Aug. 5, the eve of the hearing, a rally for marriage will be held in downtown Cincinnati at Lytle Park. The rally will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. and will feature speakers like former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Organizers of the event have asked attendees to wear red in support of marriage equality. Visit the Facebook website to sign up and get more info at

There will be a march at noon the following day at the Cincinnati Federal Court House. The Midwest March for Equality will include OH, MI, TN and KY. The march will include a commitment ceremony and feature key speakers David Pepper, Joe Otis and Joshua Alan Snyder-Hill & Steven Steve Snyder-Hill. Coffee and donuts will be provided for those who participate early and arrive at 11:30 a.m. The march is expected to conclude around 3 p.m. For more info, visit the Facebook page at

A marriage equality rally for those unable to make it to the Ohio events will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 in Flint at the Genesee County Courthouse. Visit the Facebook page for more information and to RSVP

The Rally for Marriage in Michigan will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church 510 W. Ottawa St., Lansing.

The Rally for Marriage in Detroit will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Renaissance Unity 11200 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48089.

Follow to get up to date information on when and where to be for the 6th circuit rallies and marches.

For more information on the events to be held in Michigan go to and sign up.

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