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Teenage boy among those fighting for same-sex marriage

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Among the dozens who came to the steps of Tampa's federal courthouse Tuesday in support of gay marriage was a 13-year-old boy named Tyler Meagley. As the sun was setting on a blustery day in downtown Tampa, he stepped to the front of the crowd of about a hundred and up to the microphone.

"Marriage is not the bond of a man and a woman," he said. "Marriage is the bond of two people that love."

Tyler is the son of two mothers: Judy Meagley, who had him through insemination, and Cathy James, who just recently adopted him two years ago after a state court lifted the ban on same-sex adoption.

"We created for him a forever home ... the three of us," said Cathy James. "I don't think rights such as marriage equality ... such as adoption ... should be a vote of the majority of the people."

The rally comes on a day the U.S. Supreme Court heard what could be a landmark case about Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage California voters passed in 2008.

Opponents of gay marriage argue that the majority of voters in California, and Florida for that matter, voted for state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

"We believe that Proposition 8 is constitutional and the place for the decision to be made regarding redefining marriage is with the people, not with courts," said Charles Cooper, who argued at the high court on behalf of Prop 8.

Inside the U.S. Supreme Court, backers of the proposition argued about what impact non-traditional marriage might have on a family.

"It will refocus, refocus the purpose of marriage and the definition of marriage away from the raising of children," Cooper told the court.

Tyler's family disagrees.

"I am very hopeful. I know today might have been a disappointment because I have a feeling the court might stay out of California's business," Cathy James said. "I think right should be bestowed by the constitution and should be bestowed no matter what the majority at the time rules. You have to be careful what you allow the majority to do because you might not always be in the majority."

On Wednesday justices hear arguments about the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal benefits for same-sex couples who tied the knot in states that allow gay marriage.

The judges should have rulings in both cases within the next few months.

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