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Opponents of Prop 8 line the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.
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Opponents of Prop 8 line the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Tuesday on Proposition 8 in what could be a landmark case for same-sex marriage.

Several hundred people gathered outside the Supreme Court building waiting to the hear the potentially historic oral arguments.

Passions were high on both sides of this contentious issue. That was evident when anti-gay marriage supporters shut down First Street between the Supreme Court and the Capitol, whole proponents of same-sex marriage largely stuck to the sidewalk.

The two groups even came to blows, when a man in a rainbow flag punched a marcher in the face. The aggressor claims he was punched first.

Prop 8 is a voter initiative that bans same-sex marriage in the state. One of the main arguments against Prop 8 is that it violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection under law. Supporters say it reflects the will of a majority of California voters.

Just down the road, Prop 8 supporters are held what they call "an interfaith prayer service for love and justice." Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage and people representing any number of faiths: Methodists, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Native Americans, Catholics and Wiccans are there to voice their support.

Both sides plan to return tomorrow, when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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