PHOTOS: Gay marriage supporters and opponents on Supreme Court steps

Supporters of gay marriage easily outnumbered opponents, who were drowned out by shouts of "Love Must Win!" and "Marriage Now!"

Joe Capley-Alfano, left, and Frank Capley-Alfano of Oakland, Calif., stand in front of the Supreme Court on April 28, 2015 as justices heard arguments about same-sex marriage. The couple have been together for 15 years and married in 2008 before Proposition 8 halted gay marriage in California until 2013. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

WASHINGTON (RNS) From sidewalk preachers toting megaphones to anti-gay zealots warning of the destruction of America to gay and lesbian couples proudly waving gay-pride rainbow flags, the scene on Tuesday outside the U.S. Supreme Court reflected the high stakes — and high emotions — over the future of gay marriage. Supporters of gay marriage easily outnumbered opponents, who were drowned out by shouts of “Love Must Win!” and “Marriage Now!” Inside the court, officers removed a protester who warned of “burning in hell for eternity” and the “judgment of God” should the high court legalize same-sex marriage.

Photos by Adelle M. Banks and Kevin Eckstrom

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