South Carolinians rally for same sex marriage

Same sex marriage supporters rally at the SC statehouse.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Supporters of gay marriage are holding a rally in Columbia as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue.

Hundreds turned out for SC Equality's rally took place Tuesday afternoon on the Statehouse steps in Columbia. Similar events took place Monday in Greenville and Charleston.

"This is the last group of people that our country actively discriminates against," said same sex marriage supporter, Kimberly Stammire Cockrell.

Some University of South Carolina students also took part in the rally with a walk back to campus to follow.

USC Junior Randy Moore was a part of Tuesday's rally. The social work major has seen people in his family struggle with being accepted.

"There are so many types of families in our country and it should not be limited to a very skewed definition as to what a family is," said Moore.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week is hearing two cases on gay marriage. On Tuesday, the court hears a challenge to California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday, justices, hear arguments concerning the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act. The federal law defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and therefore keeps legally married gay Americans from collecting a range of federal benefits that generally are available to married people.