SAN ANTONIO -- Dozens of same-sex couples like, Jade Cortez and Vanessa Salinas, gathered at Milam Park on Tuesday night as the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for and against gay marriage.
"It's huge. It's about love," Cortez said. "It's the whole trifecta of being Hispanic, a woman and gay."
They marched to City Hall and then to the Bexar County Courthouse, where many couples hope to one day marry.
"We should all be equal. We were all born in this planet," one gay rights supporter said.
The Light the Way to Justice rally sparked similar rallies across the country on Tuesday in hopes that Supreme Court justices could change American law.
They are considering two cases, both the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
"We all deserve to be happy married or not married," Salinas said. "It's our right."
As the sun set, the couples lit their candles, sharing common ground and hoping for a brighter future.
"We didn't choose to be gay," someone shouted.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will discuss the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and woman. It also denies federal rights to same-sex couples.
A final ruling is expected by June.