Crowds gather for gay marriage decisions

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Gay rights activist Bryce Romero, who works for the Human Rights Campaign, offers an enthusiastic high-five to visitors getting in line to enter the Supreme Court on a day when justices are expected to hand down major rulings on two gay marriage cases that could impact same-sex couples across the country, in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of two gay marriage decisions.

One person held a rainbow flag and another wrapped himself in a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs with messages including "2 moms make a right" and "'I Do' Support Marriage Equality."

Ian Holloway, 34, of Los Angeles, got to the court around 7 a.m. and was standing in a long line of people hoping to get in to hear the justices read their opinions in the cases. Holloway said he and his partner had planned to get married in March but when the justices decided to hear the case involving California's ban on gay marriage they pushed back their date.

"We have rings ready. We're ready to go as soon as the decision comes down," he said, adding he was optimistic that the justices would strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in his state.

He said he was optimistic and hopeful.