By Tommy Andres, CNN
Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.
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(CNN) - So far nine states have legalized same sex marriages, none of them in the South. As part of our same sex marriage series we reached out to our audience to find out what it's like to be gay or lesbian in the South.
What we discovered was surprising.
The gays and lesbians who spoke to us all love living in the South despite its somewhat hostile climate towards them.
Many of them agree with the sentiment of Brandon, a 25-year-old gay man from Boone, North Carolina, who told CNN he prefers life in a small town rather than moving to a bigger city that may be more accepting of gays and lesbians:
[2:23] "The city isn't for everyone. There are plenty of gay guys who still live in the South because it's home to them, it's what they're familiar with. They fit in better there as the construction worker, the truck driver, the farmer, whatever. We're not all going to be photographers, artists, models, city dwelling...sophisticates."
All this week you can hear more of these stories on CNN Radio News Day, posting each day by 4:30 Eastern.