POLITICS
03/26/2013 05:45 pm ET

Gay Marriage Protest Signs Aim For Laughs, Shock Outside Supreme Court (PHOTOS)

Thousands of protesters on both sides of the marriage equality debate gathered around the Supreme Court building on Tuesday, as justices heard arguments regarding Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

Many protesters held signs aimed to attract attention either to their causes or themselves, using humor, introspection and good-old-fashioned shock and awe.

HuffPost compiled a few of the most thought-provoking signs below.

Some protesters warned that one shouldn't mess with everyone's favorite gay wizard, Dumbledore:

slide_288424_2266718_free
(Photo by HuffPost reporter Jen Bendery)

One protester made a subtle allusion to religion:

slide_288424_2267231_free
(Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Other protesters used rather interesting graphics to get their point across:

doma protester
(Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Others donned signs that emphasized that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman:

mandwoman
(Photo by Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

Some people just wanted to marry Rachel Maddow:

rachelmaddowyay
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene)

And some people proposed an alternative:

married your boyfriend
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene)

Certain protesters emphasized "holy matrimony":

prop8girl
(Photo by Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

Others offered another definition of what they considered "holy":

catholicsforgayrights
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene)

Some protesters displayed signs aimed at scaring people:

scaryone
(Photo by HuffPost intern Preston Maddock)

Some people didn't have time for that:

noonehastimeforthat
(Photo by HuffPost intern William Wrigley)

Some people expressed a limited view on what they believed a "real" family looked like:

slide_288424_2265945_free
(Photo by Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

Some people expressed their view of what a family shouldn't look like:

chelseakiene
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene)

Other protesters displayed signs aimed at reminding people of the facts:

love
(Photo by HuffPost intern Preston Maddock)

Some protesters wanted to remind people some more:

powerful pictures
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene)

And once more:

chelseakienecheck
(Photo by HuffPost intern Chelsea Kiene )

RELATED ON HUFFPOST:

Supreme Court Proposition 8 Case
Subscribe to the Politics email.
How will Trump’s administration impact you?

CONVERSATIONS