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      Gay rights supporters schedule Columbia march

      Supporters of gay marriage plan to march in Columbia after the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in two gay marriage cases.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Supporters of gay marriage plan to march in Columbia after the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in two gay marriage cases.

      The court on Wednesday struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices ruled that opponents of gay marriage didn't have the right to appeal lower court rulings that struck down a ban on same-sex unions.

      South Carolina Equality and other gay rights organizations plan to march in downtown Columbia at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The groups plan to march to the Statehouse and then up Main Street to Columbia City Hall.