(Harrisburg) -- Two cases before the US Supreme Court this week could have a far-reaching impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pennsylvanians.
Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin says he's hoping for a broad ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's gay marriage ban -- known as Proposition Eight.
He says such a ruling could open new doors for the commonwealth's LGBT community.
"Most people really want access to the over 1,100 benefits that simply come from the sheer act of being married," Martin says. "You know, the hospital visitation rights, the inheritance rights."
Martin says if the Supreme Court rejects the measures, gay Pennsylvanians would get marriage recognition in a state where there's been little action on the matter among lawmakers.
He says in Pennsylvania you can still be fired or evicted for being gay.
Supporters of same-sex marriage rallied earlier this week in Harrisburg and Lancaster.
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