With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to hear arguments Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, local same-marriage supporters who want to see the law struck down will hold a vigil in solidarity with a national movement.
DOMA is a federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and establishes that states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
The “Light the Way to Justice” vigil, which is one of many being held across the country, will take place at Incarnation Lutheran Church, near the Water Mill-Bridgehampton border, on Tuesday evening.
"Please come and show support," wrote organizer Lisa Votino-Tarrant, who worked with the Human Rights Campaign to urge the New York State Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. "Let’s show the world that everyone deserves equal rights and that love is love is love."
The Supreme Court will also be considering Prop 8, a ballot initiative in California that amended the state constitution to only recognize marriages between opposite-sex couples.
The vigil is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26. RSVP on Facebook. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and candles. A group photo is planned, to send to elected officials.
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