CINCINNATI -- Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters rallied downtown Tuesday night, with less than 24 hours to go before hearings begin in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
It was a festival of love and marriage equality in Lytle Park, just before one of the most important court battles in the history of same-sex marriage.
Songs and sounds of "love, marriage and equality" and "equality for everybody" sent tunes through the air in hopes that rulings at the Court of Appeals will push gay marriage forward.
Among the crowd were Brittani Henry-Rogers and Brittni Rogers. They won the right to have both their names on the birth certificate of their son, Jayseon Rogers, but that ruling was appealed.
"We're emotional, we're very, very excited, we're hoping for the best," Brittni Rogers said.
"It's only the beginning to a... hopefully a process of just love... just equality overall," Brittani Henry-Rogers said.
Most folks who attended the rally believe marriage equality will eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland thinks same-sex marriage has a fighting chance, even if it's in a conservative court.
"I believe America, very soon, will be a nation where every person will have the right to marry the person they choose to marry," Strickland said.
A woman at the rally also saw same-sex marriage's strength in its battle.
"By the time it gets to the Supreme Court, the sheer weight of all the decisions that are in favor of gay marriage will weigh heavily on the justices."