It’s a political statement, mixed with a ragtag camp and an exercise in spontaneous friendship.
Taylor Carter thinks it’s the best of America. “This is what our culture is. There’s people being here for what they believe in, standing up for what they believe in and just taking care of each other.”
But this is also an example of American capitalism at its best. In the public line there are people who are passionate about their beliefs, but there is also a line for attorneys who are licensed to practice before the Supreme Court.
Most of the people in line are being paid to stand there. One company charges $36 an hour to schedule professional line standers.
Jay Cole is an independent contractor. “You’ve got big time lawyers coming from everywhere, you know what I’m saying? All over the state, all over the world…and you are right at the front of the line.”
Colleen Marshall: “So how much do you expect them to pay you for this?”
Cole: “I’m looking at least $2,000.”
NBC4 only found one real lawyer in line; a constitutional law professor from USC who hopes to witness history.
“You may not see an immediate change in right, but a profound statement from the court about the place in American society of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons.”
But a decision is months away; living on the sidewalk is an immediate experience.