[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/05/california.same.sex/art.rally.gi.jpg caption="Angel D. Hernandez and Johnny Foam join a same-sex marriage rally Wednesday in Los Angeles, California.
John Schwartz and Liz Robbins
The New York Times
For more than three hours on Thursday, California Supreme Court justices aggressively challenged lawyers who sought to overturn an initiative banning same-sex marriage that was passed by voters last November.
As the hearing progressed, hundreds of supporters and opponents of the initiative, Proposition 8, gathered on the steps of the courthouse here bearing signs, banners and a sense of tense anticipation.
“We knew we had to be here to see it with our own eyes,” said Katherine Stoner, 61, who had traveled from Monterey, Calif., with her partner of 34 years, Michelle Welsh.
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