Landmark Prop 8 Ruling Expected Wednesday
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CREATED Jun. 25, 2013
The US Supreme Court is expected to announce their ruling Wednesday on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Prop 8 is California's ban on same-sex marriage, and DOMA is the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Many people here in the desert are anxiously awaiting that ruling.
Hundreds of same sex marriage supporters, perhaps thousands, will rally Wednesday at the Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs.
But they don't yet know if they'll be celebrating, or mourning.
We spoke with people in the valley about how Wednesday's decision could change America.
"It's really going to change our country and I think that everyone is going to be looking at California because this is the biggest one you know with Prop 8, I think for me it's even more important than DOMA because what happens here is going to kind of reverberate all across the country," said Kelly Daoud of Palm Springs.
People say the pivotal decision by the Nation's highest court about same-sex marriage will be a turning point in America.
"I would almost compare it to civil rights, I feel like its a step in the right direction and I feel like everyone deserves to have the same rights and it shouldn't matter what your sexual orientation is, I think it could be really big, I hope it is," said Courtney Lindgren of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Equality California has been preparing for this day for quite some time across the state and here in the desert.
They say the Supreme Court's decision will determine the mood at the Palm Springs rally.
"I'm a little bit concerned about that, because I think people would be really angry, there's seven possibilities of what they could decide, and six of them are good, so that weighs in our favor," said George Zander with Equality California in Palm Springs.
Equality California is bringing out hundreds of signs that say "I'm Building a State of Equality."
And the Supreme Court's ruling could build the future of marriage in this country...
"Oh I think its monumental, it's a monumental day, and because what it does is it moves the LGBT movement ahead," said Zander.
Across the nation, in the state of California and here in the desert people will be waiting to see if everyone can say "I do."
"We're all very intense about getting what we deserve," said Josh Corbo of Los Angeles.
"We're people, everyone's the same. I want a diamond ring just as much as much as you do," said Farid Taheri of Los Angeles.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce rulings on both Prop 8 and DOMA Wednesday morning.
It's the last day of the court's term.
And here in the valley, the rally will be held here at the Marilyn statue Wednesday at 6pm.