Gay marriage activists rally in Cincinnati

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) – Hundreds of gay marriage supporters are rallying in downtown Cincinnati near the federal courthouse where judges will consider arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in four states.

Advocates are holding up banners and signs urging “Freedom to Marry” or other messages in favor of legal challenges to bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Fountain Square crowd included couples who married in states where same-sex marriages are legal and other longtime couples who say they are waiting for it to become legal in their home states.

There was little sign of public opposition near the courthouse; opponents say they planned to pray that the judges uphold “traditional marriage.”

A Michigan man who married his male partner this year camped out overnight to secure a courtroom seat Wednesday.

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