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Line grows outside Supreme Court for same sex marriage debate

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Lines are already forming outside the Supreme Court for this week's debate that could change the way marriage is defined in this country.

The justices will hear arguments on two same sex marriage cases. On Tuesday, it's California's Proposition 8, which bans same sex marriage.

On Wednesday, the Court will take up the Defense Of Marriage Act--considering a proposal that defines marriage as between a man and woman for the purpose of deciding eligibility for federal benefits.

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation says the Court should leave it up to the public and its elected officials to decide marriage policy.

"Marriage matters. Marriage exists to connect men and woman as husband and wife to be fathers and mothers to any children they produce. Kids need moms and dads and marriage is the institution that provides a mother and father for a child," Anderson says.

At the Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring, parishioners representing families of all kinds gathered to support equality for same sex couples.

"To me it's just so simple. For people to have to argue in front of the Supreme Court for the same rights that other married couples have enjoyed for years, just seems silly to me," Norma Johnson says.

Pastor Matthew Braddock says it's time for the faith community to raise its voice for marriage equality.

"I think it's important that to know there are people of faith in the State of Maryland and across the country that stand on the side of seeing loving, committed people have the right to be married whether they are straight or gay," Braddock says.

Kathleen Boucher, who's raising a son with her partner of 15 years, is hoping the Justices remember that her family matters.

"I hope they keep in mind what this is all about. It's about families and people and children," Boucher says.

The Justices will hear the arguments and then basically they have three options: issue a broad ruling, overturn state laws banning same sex marriage, or uphold California's ban and leave the issue up to the states.

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