Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is scheduled to headline an upcoming marriage equality rally.

On August 6, the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear appeals in cases challenging gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The cases will be heard back-to-back on the same day.

On the eve of oral arguments, supporters will hold what is being described as “the largest marriage equality rally ever in Ohio.”

Strickland, a Democrat, will headline the event, which will be held at Lytle Park in downtown Cincinnati.

“With one federal appellate ruling already in the bag, we remain more confident than ever that the days of Ohio's marriage ban are numbered,” Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, said in a statement. “But in order to win, we must show the courts that Ohio and the country is ready for the freedom to marry.”

(On the Net: Why Marriage Matters Ohio.)