This Was The Scene Outside As The Supreme Court Debated Gay Marriage

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As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday, the debate over gay marriage carried on in full force outside of the building.

Throngs of gay marriage supporters and opponents flooded the court steps for a second day, gathering to await the first whispers of how the court might rule in this week's two landmark gay marriage cases.

We've compiled some of the best images of the day here.

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Marriage equality advocates passed out donuts to those waiting in line to enter SCOTUS.

Marriage equality advocates passed out donuts to those waiting in line to enter SCOTUS.

Thousands came out to protest.

Thousands came out to protest.

The scene in front of the Supreme Court.

The scene in front of the Supreme Court.

Gay marriage supporters show off their funny signs in front of the court.

Gay marriage supporters show off their funny signs in front of the court.

This was one of our favorites.

This was one of our favorites.

Gabriela Fore, 6, of Upper Darby, Pa., accompanied by her moms, joins the fray in front of the Supreme Court.

Gabriela Fore, 6, of Upper Darby, Pa., accompanied by her moms, joins the fray in front of the Supreme Court.

Photojournalist Jenna Pope tweeted this photo from outside.

Photojournalist Jenna Pope tweeted this photo from outside.

Fred Phelps Jr., a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court.

Fred Phelps Jr., a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court.

Gay marriage supporters PDA in front of the Westboro Baptist protesters.

Gay marriage supporters PDA in front of the Westboro Baptist protesters.

And not all protesters agreed with the religious arguments against gay marriage.

And not all protesters agreed with the religious arguments against gay marriage.

Kaylie Hanson, press secretary for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), tweeted this photo of kids protesting.

Kaylie Hanson, press secretary for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), tweeted this photo of kids protesting.

Alan Eckert (left) of Albany, Calif., joins a fellow DOMA opponent, whose sign mocks the "slippery slope" argument against gay marriage.

Alan Eckert (left) of Albany, Calif., joins a fellow DOMA opponent, whose sign mocks the "slippery slope" argument against gay marriage.

A gay marriage opponent dressed in Soviet military garb protests in front of the Supreme Court.

A gay marriage opponent dressed in Soviet military garb protests in front of the Supreme Court.

Diana Iwanski of Clermont, Florida, holds up her sign to show support for gay marriage.

Diana Iwanski of Clermont, Florida, holds up her sign to show support for gay marriage.

Rebecca Winchell of Columbia, Md. sings as gay marriage supporters look on.

Rebecca Winchell  of Columbia, Md. sings as gay marriage supporters look on.

Mean Girls take on gay marriage.

Mean Girls take on gay marriage.

Via Colby Itkowitz of the Allentown Morning Call

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery found these anti-circumcision protesters in the crowd — a strange departure from the issue of the day.

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery found these anti-circumcision protesters in the crowd — a strange departure from the issue of the day.

Tampa Bay Times' Alex Leary tweeted this photo of plaintiff Edith Windsor addressing the media. She said her team "feels it won the argument."

Tampa Bay Times' Alex Leary tweeted this photo of plaintiff Edith Windsor addressing the media. She said her team "feels it won the argument."

Now check out what went down inside the Supreme Court...

Now check out what went down inside the Supreme Court...

Here's what the justices had to say about Obama's actions on DOMA > 

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