As you can see in Matt Baume’s video below, a large crowd has gathered this morning outside a federal courthouse on Seventh Street in San Francisco, where a three-judge appeals court panel will devote an unusually long two-hour session to hear arguments on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 starting at 10 AM today.

According to Bay City News, more than 100 people, mostly opponents of Proposition 8, rallied outside the courthouse prior to oral arguments this morning.

Same-sex marriage supporters carried signs with messages such as “Life feels different when you’re married,” and “We all deserve the freedom to marry.”

A smattering of opponents also showed up, carrying messages including “Ninth Circuit vs. God’s law” and “Homo sex is sin.”

The judges’ decision will be issued in writing at a later date. The losing side is expected to appeal to an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Baume is liveblogging the arguments as well as livetweeting them, and you’re encouraged to check out coverage from BeyondChron, CBS5, KQED, and the Chron.

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