April 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Marriage supporters hold vigil outside Supreme Court

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Members of the School Without Walls Gay-Straight Alliance held a vigil for marriage equality outside of the Supreme Court on Monday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Supporters of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Monday held vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the eve of oral arguments in four gay nuptials cases.

Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the School Without Walls, a public magnet school on the campus of George Washington University in Northwest Washington, were holding a banner that read “#unite4marriage” with candles placed around them on the sidewalk. They were also signing songs from “Rent” to their fellow same-sex marriage supporters and passersby on First Street, N.E.

“We’re out here because marriage equality is a basic human rights,” Cassandra Dixon, a student at School Without Walls, told the Washington Blade.

Several dozen people were already lined up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that they will be able to attend the oral arguments. A handful of opponents of marriage rights for same-sex couples were also present, including a man who unfurled a banner that indicated his support of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for resisting efforts to allow gays and lesbians to marry in his state.

More than a hundred people on Sunday attended an interfaith service at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Rev. Dyan Abena McCray of Unity Fellowship Church, Nicole Santa María of Casa Ruby, Nancy Kaufman of the National Council of Jewish Women and José Gutiérrez of the Latino GLBT History Project were among those who spoke at the service. Representatives of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Axios DC, Dignity Washington and Pagan and Native American faith traditions also took part.

“I’m here to support you,” said Deeptej “Deep” Singh. “I’m here to uplift the cause of justice for all.”

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette was among the more than 100 people who took part in an interfaith prayer service in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples at Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington.

A handful of people with Official Street Preacher gathered outside the Foundry United Methodist Church in Dupont Circle on Sunday to protest the congregation’s position on the issue as parishioners arrived for an 11 a.m. service. National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown and Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb are among the thousands of gay marriage opponents who marched from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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