GALLERY: Hundreds Gather At Cincinnati Courthouse Rally for Equality

With the Sixth Circuit Court hearing of DeBoer V. Snyder just a day away, over four hundred LGBT people and their allies have gathered in front of the Cincinnati courthouse for Marriage Ohio's rally in support of marriage equality.

The court will be hearing six same-sex marriage cases from four states and their decisions will impact all four states in the 6th Circuit - so a favorable decision would impact not only Michigan, but Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Several community leaders and plaintiffs of the cases addressed the rally-goers.

"We are Kentucky and our marriages and families deserve respect." said Greg Bourke, plaintiff in Kentucky's Bourke v. Beshear.

Equality Michigan Executive Director Emily Dievendorf also spoke.

"This is about being able to love freely and love openly. We are close to winning," she said.

"Let's recognize today let's recognize tomorrow ... that people have not been allowed to live their lives to the fullest because they have not been granted that opportunity."

Several other rallies and marches are scheduled across Michigan and Ohio as well.

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