CINCINNATI – While judges heard arguments inside, hundreds gathered outside the federal courthouse downtown Wednesday to express their opinions about same-sex marriage.
More than 500 supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally next to the courthouse at Fountain Square.
Jon Bradford, 26, of Covington, Kentucky, wore a wedding dress, and his partner, Matt Morris, wore a top hat and formal shirt.
"It's to make a statement, really," Bradford said. "We want to be married."
He said they were hopeful the court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
"One day, it's going to happen," he said. "You can't stop love."
"We don't want people to think this is some kind of gay agenda. It's not," said Adam Hoover. "It's about love, family, acceptance, commitment,"
A much smaller group opposing same-sex marriage gathered in prayer.
"We're here to show that there are people who believe in traditional marriage - maybe a smaller group, but I think in reality we represent a lot more people," said Mary Clark.
"I'm just praying for God's will to be done," said Jeff Parker, 53, of Madeira.
Security was tight in and around the courthouse.
Inside, marshals with dogs inspected rooms and hallways. Outside, officers from the Federal Protective Service were very visible and their vehicles lined Walnut and Main Streets near the courthouse entrances.
Admission to the courtroom where the arguments were heard was by pass only because of limited space.
Two additional courtrooms had an audio feed for other spectators and interested parties.
Media were allowed to take electronics into the holding room, but they had to be turned off once the oral arguments began.