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Augustans concerned with Supreme Court's Prop 8 decision

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Rallying on the steps of the Supreme Court, activists supporting and opposing same-sex marriage hoping their voices will be heard by the nine justices. Tuesday morning Justices listened to a challenge to California's Proposition 8; a law voters approved to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.

Those sentiments also echoing here in Georgia and the Garden City. In 2008, Georgia residents and businesses sent more than $70,000 to California during the Proposition 8 ballot fight. Those supporting gay marriage sending more than $60,000; those opposing gay marriage sending a little more than $11,000.

Augusta resident Randall Hatcher being one of those contributors. He made the single largest donation in Georgia of $5,000 in support of the proposition.

"I've been married since 1979 to the same woman. I love her today more than I ever have, and I have a personal belief that that is the best model because that's what I've experienced," Hatcher said.

That happy experience is what members in the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community want to legally have as well. This week GRU Equality is hosting the 2nd annual "Come Out for Health Week," focusing on the health concerns of LGBT people. Right now the independent organization is fighting for a change in GRU's employee benefits package for gay and lesbian couples.

 "Their partners, their significant others, their husbands and wives, however they define their relationships, can get the same benefits as their heterosexual co-workers get," said Justin Neisler, co-president of GRU Equality.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, could have a direct impact on their effort; as well as Georgia's own battle to keep its ban on same-sex marriages.

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