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Crowd outside U.S. Supreme Court awaits gay marriage decisions

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From left: Casey Oakes, 26, of Monroe, N.J., Dan Choyce, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., Zach Wulderk, 19, of Hammonton, N.J., and his brother Dylan Wulderk, 22, wait for a ruling on same sex marriage at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. LGBTQ Nation

WASHINGTON — Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning ahead of two gay marriage decisions.

One person held a rainbow flag and another wrapped himself in a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs with messages including “2 moms make a right” and “‘I Do’ Support Marriage Equality.”

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Crowd outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday await rulings in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases.

Cliff Owen, AP
From left: Casey Oakes, 26, of Monroe, N.J., Dan Choyce, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., Zach Wulderk, 19, of Hammonton, N.J., and his brother Dylan Wulderk, 22, wait for a ruling on same sex marriage at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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Gay rights activist Bryce Romero, who works for the Human Rights Campaign, offers an enthusiastic high-five to visitors getting in line on Wednesday morning to enter the Supreme Court on a day when justices are expected to hand down major rulings on two gay marriage cases that could impact same-sex couples across the country.

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After delivering coffee to visitors to waiting to enter the Supreme Court, SCOTUS Blog interns (from left) Dan Stein, Max Mallory, and Andrew Hamm check their smartphones for updates on the latest news as outside the court on Wednesday morning.

J. Scott Applewhite, APArriving at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, on a final day for decisions in two gay marriage cases are plaintiffs in the California Proposition 8 case. From left are, Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiffs Paul Katami, his partner Jeff Zarrillo, Sandy Stier and her partner Kris Perry, and Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Thirty-four-year-old Ian Holloway of Los Angeles got to the court around 7 a.m. Holloway said he and his partner had planned to get married in March but when the justices decided to hear the case involving California’s ban on gay marriage they pushed back their date.

He said, “We have rings ready. We’re ready to go as soon as the decision comes down.” Holloway said he was optimistic the justices would strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

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