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Local gay rights supporters participate in downtown vigil tonight

Published: Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 10:09 p.m.


Amber Bell and Mara Brandenstein are a gay couple who enjoy activities such as going out to eat and to movies, riding bicycles and spending time outdoors.

They have a solid four-year relationship, take pleasure in everyday gatherings and are like most couples – which they say is precisely the point.

“We trust each other; we care about each other more than you can imagine,” said Brandenstein, a Youngstown State University political-science major with a minor in entrepreneurship.

Brandenstein and Bell, a YSU biology major from Sandy Lake, Pa., started dating in high school after having met as members of their school’s band.

They also were among an estimated 50 gay and straight people who attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday in front of the Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 125 Market St., downtown. The gathering was to show solidarity regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on same-sex marriages, which started today and is to continue Wednesday.

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1Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

As a species, we humans can't be happy to just label ourselves, "humans". We need to demonstrate our difference from one another; by gender, by skin color, by nationality, by religion, by which hand we write with. All of this is to our detriment, and yet we keep beating the drums of difference. So "humans" cannot decide to love one another, partner, and to give it a try for life. Only certain "humans" can do this, and they are so "special" that we give that partnership a name, "marriage", and we give those lucky few "special" privileges under the law. A South Park episode could not be more ridiculous than what I just described. Justice Scalia, for all of your pompous intelligence, do you not find this absurd? Marriage is a special partnership of humans. Not of fish. Not of lions. Not of amoebas. Humans. Period.

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2ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Marriages are special. For a man and a woman.

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3becky47(34 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Get over it people...not long ago it was illegal for the races to marry. If people are in love than they deserve to marry with all the legal rights that are awarded to a union between a man and a woman. It should not be anyones business but theirs. These couples do not pry into your lives and tell you how to live so don't pry into theirs. I lived long enough to see a black president I hope I live long enough to see a day when this will not be an issue and a person is allowed to marry the one they love. And for all of you that are curious...NO I am not gay...Just open minded

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