WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KMOX) – About 50 people stood on a street corner in Webster Groves Monday night, praying the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

The group is Gateway ONA, a collective of congregations which support same-sex marriage. Reverend Al Schon, who was married to his husband in California five years ago, says public opinion is changing.

“It gives me a lot of hope that 58 percent of the United States right now is saying that discrimination based on sexual orientation for marriage should not exist. Ten years ago, that would not have been the case,” he said.

Schon said that as more politicians like Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) come out in support of same-sex marriage, he is sure the High Court will affirm it. “More and more people are getting to know their friends, their neighbors, their family members are gay or lesbian, transgender, bisexual and once they get to know people on a personal level, it becomes a lot harder to say discrimination should be allowed.”

The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Tuesday on several cases involving same-sex unions. Decisions aren’t expected until the summer.

The United Church of Christ, according to Schon, was the first congregation to open support same-sex marriage.

“We are the first to publicly proclaim that marriage equality ought to be the law of the land. We did that in 2005,” he explained.


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