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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Advocates of gay marriage held a candlelight vigil Sunday night ahead of U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the issue this week.

Dozens of supports gathered at the L.A. City Hall West Steps on Temple and Spring Streets.

Some who spoke included lesbian and gay families who could be impacted by the court’s ruling on both Prop. 8 and DOMA, as well as elected officials, faith leaders, community activists and celebrities.

The event was organized by Founders of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, California Faith for Equality, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, GLAAD, Good As You, Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality USA, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the New Organizing Institute.

Thousands are expected to rally in Washington, D.C. in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the court takes up Prop. 8.

Christina Pascucci reports.