WASHINGTON - Supporters and opponents of gay marriage rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices began the first of two days of arguments in gay marriage cases.
By the time the court began Tuesday the sidewalk outside the court was packed, and supporters spilled over to the other side of the roadway. "Gay, straight, black, white, marriage is a civil right," the crowd chanted at one point, followed by "we honor this moment with love." Many gay marriage supporters came with homemade signs including ones that read "a more perfect union," "love is love," and "`I do!' want 2 B (equals)."
Opponents marched down the roadway in front of the court, many carrying signs including "Every child deserves a mom & dad" and "vote for holy matrimony."
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