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Photos: Outside the Supreme Court

Updated 3:23 PM ET, Wed March 27, 2013
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Supporters of same-sex marriage wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 27, in Washington. The justices heard two cases this week related to state and federal laws restricting same-sex marriage. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via getty images
One case involves plaintiff Edith "Edie" Windsor, right, who was forced to assume an estate tax bill much larger than married heterosexual couples would have to pay after her decades-long same-sex partner died. The federal government did not recognize Windsor's marriage in legal terms, even though her home state of New York did. Here, she leaves the courthouse after watching arguments over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
George Washington University student Eric Breese waves a rainbow flag outside the court Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
An opponent of same-sex marriage rallies outside the court Wednesday. JOSHUA ROBERTS/Reuters/Landov
Demonstrators from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Same-sex couples kiss in front of protesters at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
Windsor, left, arrives with her attorney Roberta Kaplan on Wednesday. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds wait outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
From left, attorney David Boies, plaintiffs Sandra Stier, Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, and attorney Theodore B. Olson exit together from the Supreme Court after their case against California's Proposition 8 was argued on Tuesday, March 26. JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters/Landov
Plaintiffs Kris Perry, center, and Sandy Stier, right, talk to the media with attorney David Boies, left, after arguments Tuesday at the Supreme Court. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Protesters on both sides of the issue gather Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, left, partner Maggie George and their daughter Shannon Voelkel take part in Tuesday's demonstrations in front of the Supreme Court. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Opponents of same-sex marriage participate in the March for Marriage in Washington on Tuesday. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Gail Schulte, of Alexandria, Virginia, gathers with other demonstrators Tuesday. Molly Riley/MCT via getty images
Anti-Proposition 8 protesters are shadowed by a rainbow banner on Tuesday. JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters/Landov
People line up in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices hear the first case on same-sex marriage. jim lo scalzo/epa/landov
Andrea Grill, right, and Lee Ann Hopkins from Alexandria, Virginia, embrace after becoming engaged during a rally Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Banners are held up as people gather outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Opponents of same-sex marriage participate in Tuesday's March for Marriage. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
A protester carries a rainbow flag Tuesday. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images