Tuesday a historic case went before the U.S. Supreme Court that could affect North and South Carolina – the gay marriage debate.
On Tuesday night, Eyewitness News heard from a Charlotte student in the middle of the debate in and outside of the courtroom.
The gay marriage debate is bringing out major emotions from people on both sides of the issue Tuesday night.
Thousands are gathered outside the Supreme Court holding signs and chanting, but inside the court was a Charlotte student.
"Walking into the court was we-inspiring. The justices are just all lined up in a row," said Allan Chua.
Charlotte School of Law student Chua talked to Eyewitness News over the phone moments after he walked out of the Supreme Court.
He said that crowds are what he will always remember about this historic case.
"It was phenomenal, the first thing is you walk up to the Supreme Court and see all these people holding signs on both sides of the argument," said Chua.
Chua's group listened in on the last 30 minutes of the Supreme Court justices' discussion.
Chua said it was inspiring to see so many people passionate about their views on equality and faith.
"The most important thing to me is that you know you love the person you're with, and you know you want to have the right to marry them, and that's extremely important to us," said one man on the street. "We want to protect the sanctity and the tradition of marriage which has proven to be throughout history the best model for the welfare of society and individuals."
Chua said he hopes to get back into the hearings Wednesday.