Marriage equality supporters are in force at the Supreme Court hearings today, but so are antigay activists — one of which disrupted the proceedings.
LGBT rights activist Lane Hudson camped out for the hearing and was waiting in line Tuesday morning to listen to a portion of the hearing. "[Those waiting] were queued up outside the court room after going through security and putting all our stuff in lockers," Hudson says. "The doors burst open, it happened very quickly, there was a guy yelling and security guys dragging him out and he was resisting and flailing and refusing to go. They had to drag him out and subdue him right outside the doors and cuff him. He didn't stop yelling the whole time."
He was yelling things like, "The nation will earn God's wrath [for marriage equality]."
"We were outside so we couldn't tell what it sounded like in the courtroom but while we were still standing outside they dragged him down the hall where we could still hear him yelling. When we got in the courtroom we could still hear him down the hall yelling. It was very disruptive."
Hudson says the commotion happened right in front of the nine justices.
"I think it makes them seem kind of desperate," Hudson says of the marriage equality opponents. "The thing is I'm not above heckling or protesting, but the Supreme Court is the one place you don't do it."
Meanwhile, outside the Supreme Court antigay protesters rallied. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council (which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an antigay "hate group"), stood behind a podium and implored supporters to fight if the Supreme Court doesn't rule their way. "I continue to pray for our nation," he told them, "and I challenge you to no matter what his court decides not to shrink back... but to speak uncompromisingly for the truth." He told them "do not lose heart," and that religious freedom "is a freedom we must defend at all costs."
Rep. Tim Huelskamp spoke next, having to yell into the microphone over pro-LGBT protesters nearby chanting "Love Will Win." The Kansas Republican said that marriage equality being protected by the Constitution "is an act of legal fiction" and so it's "absurd to claim that the Supreme Court will somehow find a constitutional right to homosexual marriage." Huelskamp taunted activists, saying "the only reason they are going to this court is because they cannot win in the states, they cannot win in our hearts."
Huelskamp said people are "tired of being told what to do" and laid out the stakes should the Supreme Court rule against his supporters. "If they would do this, this would be an assault on our Constitution, an assault our families, and and an assault on our children."
Watch video of their rally speeches below: