History in the high court

The day in pictures: Observers eager to witness history at Supreme Court

Marcus, left, and Daniel German-Dominguez stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, before the court's hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Staff Reports

Updated 11:00 a.m. EDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the fight over same-sex marriage on Tuesday, at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed.

The court’s first major examination of gay rights in 10 years got underway at 10 a.m. EDT with a hearing on California‘s ban on same-sex marriage.

Outside the court, observers and witnesses to history eagerly await the culmination of a long-anticipated battle for the freedom to marry:

Marcus, left, and Daniel German-Dominguez stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, before the court’s hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

People make their way inside into the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, for the court’s hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, where the court will hear arguments on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

People hold up their tickets that had been issued to the general public for entrance Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, for the court’s hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Overflow crowd outside the Supreme Court plaza are moved to the U.S. Capitol lawn across the street from the Court.
Photo via: United for Marriage

From the scene outside the Supreme Court, a marriage equality supporter displays the sign, “No ‘str8s’ injured in the making of this marriage.”
Photo via: United for Marriage

“Marriage is a constitutional right.”
Photo via GLAAD.

Qween Amar from Orlando, Fla., left, dances by Margie Phelps, right, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Photo via GLAAD.

Seattle-Firefighter-No-ID-Mar-26-20138.jpg” alt=”” title=”Seattle-Firefighter-(No-ID)-Mar-26-2013[8]” width=”512″ height=”384″ class=”size-full wp-image-83922″ /> A Seattle firefighter among the crowd of marriage equality supporters at the Supreme Court plaza.
Photo: Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation

Marriage equality supporters outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Photo: Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation

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