A federal appeals court is hearing arguments in six same sex marriage cases from four states.
Its the biggest session on the issue so far.
Hundreds rallied near the courthouse. The cases are from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The cases from Michigan and Kentucky stem from rulings striking down each state's gay marriage bans. Ohio's case deals only with the state's recognition of out of state gay marriages.
Tennessee is focused strictly on the rights of three same sex couples. The appeals court isn't expected to rule for months. But if the judges decide against same sex marriage It could be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue.
"In America, when you're married, you're married. Right? These guys got married. They're married under Maryland law, they're married under the law of 19 states in the United States, plus DC --- and they're married for federal purposes as well. It just doesn't make any sense to say that when they come back home to Cincinnati -- 'poof' -- they're no longer married."
Same-sex marriage is legal in nineteen states and the District of Columbia.