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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing opening arguments on same-gender marriage a number of vigils were held across the country including the Triad.

“In North Carolina, a same gender couple can still get marriage and have no protection when they go to work the next day,” said Liam Hooper, an LGBT advocate who organized a vigil at Parkway United Church of Christ. “[LGBT citizens] can still be fired for something that has something to do with who they are and their identity.”

Hooper was one of several that spoke at the interfaith vigil calling for equal protection for LGBT individuals and families in North Carolina. In addition to equal workers’ rights, Hooper pointed out other issues including LGBT rights to second parent adoptions in North Carolina.

It could be June before the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision.