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LGBT rally celebrates marriage equality

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A rally was held  on the gulf coast Saturday to celebrate marriage equality in Alabama.But same sex couples and their supporters say the fight also continues to spread equal rights to every county in the state.

Dozens of people turned out for the "Celebrating Love, Calling for Rights rally at Laps restaurant on the Causeway Saturday.

Kiera Willis and Shay French are among hundreds of same sex couples who were legally married in Alabama last week.  But, they know the fight for equality isn't over.

"We're happy that Mobile finally  got on board and let us get our license.  We're still kind of disappointed that other counties haven't , but you still have to have that hope that they will .  They'll change their mind and get on board with everyone else,"  French said.

Kiera who is expecting a baby in April says she's received a lot of support from the community, but her biggest joy has come from her family. 

"We want to always be able to go to our families and have that love and support, and know that no matter what anybody else says, the people who are made us to love us actually still love us," she said.

While most counties in Alabama are now issuing marriage license to same sex couples,  some are not.  As of Wednesday at least 7 counties in the state were still refusing to issue licenses to same sex couples while giving them to heterosexual couples.

Rev. Ellen Sims of Mobile said the last two weeks have been emotional for the LGBT community and it's supporters.

"It's been a roller coaster.  Wonderful excitement over the possibility of marriage equality, which we do have now in Mobile, but there are some remaining counties that we don't want to leave behind," Rev. Sims said.

But, Rev. Sims believes rallies like the one in Mobile will help.

"Changing laws we know will not always change hearts, so it's a long process, which is one reason I think congregations like mine are committed to trying to live that out at teach a way of love that is all inclusive.  It's going to take some time, prejudice is hard to erase, but we're committed to that long haul," Rev. Sims said.
Suzanne Cleveland said she joined the fight when she learned her son was gay.

"Well, on a very practical thing I just hate for the state to be paying money out of our taxes to fight something that's inevitable.   But on a personal and loving thing, you know what's the big deal," Cleveland said.

There was also a rally held in Birmingham Saturday.

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