Texans on both sides of the debate are watching very closely--as the United States Surpeme Court puts the issue of same-sex marriage in it's spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday.
On one side, the issue is pretty simple: marriage equals one man plus one woman.
"Our polices at the state and federal level simply affirm that. You can't change that definition, and it is for the best of the people--and the people have spoken pretty uniformly in thirty-nine states" said Texas Pastor Council Executive Director Dave Welch. While there has been a lot of talk about how the idea of same-sex marriage is gaining more and more acceptance, Welch said the numbers say something else to him.
"The consensus nationwide is still pretty clear--and certainly here in Texas it's very clear. 76-percent of people voted to affirm what marriage is" Welch said.
On the other side though, supporters of same-sex marriage will tell you they can see a shift in the tide.
"I think people are starting to open their minds and open their hearts. I think people are coming around slowly but surely" said Mitsue McCoy with Get Equal Texas. She told 550 KTSA News she can sense the country is at the edge of changing history.
"This is almost like a make it or break it week" McCoy said. Her group will host a rally and march to the Bexar County Courthouse--starting at 7:30 Tuesday Night in Milam Park, one of several such events taking place across the country this week as the cases are heard.
Back on the other side Welch is watching closely to see in which direction the Justices might swing.
"Rule by what we believe is judicial restraint--versus trying to read in to the law--and impose some sort of social agenda" Welch said.