AUSTIN -- As the Supreme Court debates marriage equality, Texas lawmakers are also getting a taste of the battle.
Tuesday is Texas Faith and Family Day at the Capitol. Several hundred people are rallying at the Capitol and pushing what they call "Texas Values."
The group took a chair inside the Capitol Auditorium Tuesday morning. They came from across the state hoping to meet with lawmakers to push for bills that support those values. They carry signs that read “Defend Marriage, Strengthen Families.'
Their focus centers on bills related to abortion, including the pre-born pain bill, and marriage, including a bill that would extend the steps a couple must take before getting a divorce.
The group is also watching that Supreme Court decision closely.
“If we try to go down that path then it will become more than what the temptation is today on the gay marriage that the Supreme Court is hearing. It will be polygamy, it'll be to define family however you want,” said State Rep. Scott Sanford (R) Collin County.
This group plans to lobby and rally for change. They're going from the auditorium to the offices of lawmakers.
“We know we still have work to do, but by and large when people that support faith and family, when they show up, they usually prevail,” said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values.
A rally is scheduled to begin at noon along the South Steps of the Capitol. Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst are expected, along with at least three senators and four state representatives.