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04/28/2015 12:03 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Tension, hope outside Supreme Court as justices take up question of same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON - Same-sex marriage advocates and protesters alike filled the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. It was a festival-like atmosphere, complete with warm sunshine and lots of selfies.While the high court isn't expected to rule until June, many people said they wanted to witness history in the making.Shelly Bailes, a 74-year-old from Davis, California, attended with her partner of more than 40 years. She said "we just had to be here."Opponents were fewer in number, but louder and with towering signs quoting the Bible and using a microphone to denounce what they said was the demise of the nation. Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council said he doesn't consider same-sex marriage a "foregone conclusion."