BALTIMORE - No matter where you stand on same sex issues, what's going on right now shows how the law has to breathe.
The nation has reached a switch point.
That's a point where a lot of different people want their say.
"I think it is a big change with marriage equality in particular we've gone from why to why not?"
University of Maryland Law School Professor Martha Ertman is one of the organizers of a conference at the school this Friday that deals with sex, race and sexuality.
She says even as the court hears these arguments the greater discussion has to be made by society as a whole.
"I think the demographic is changing and I think the stories that we tell about ourselves is changing so what we want to do is get law to catch up with that to update its picture about how people are actually living their lives." Ertman says.
Law students have also been keeping an eye this switch point in our nation, when time allows.
No matter how the court responds they see this as a moment in law that could signal more change or the need for more struggles.
"There are so many issues that the law has not caught up with as far as marriage and as far as rights as an individual." Third year Law Student Lena Beery says.
"You need the people to change the law it's not going to change without people that's why it takes society to change first in order to move it." Second Year Law Student Vianca Diaz says.
The students say this issue in particular represents a generational shift.
They say this is not same country it was thirty years ago, and the law needs to look to its future.
"When you come into law school and there is a law that hasn't been changed but yet you're sitting in class and no one is debating it because everyone agrees that this law needs to be changed once you study it shows that that the law is very far behind where our mindsets are." Second Year Law Student Lindsey Brown says.
"What's going on in the Supreme Court is very close to my heart I have two gay dads and they're my parents and I love them to death. Same sex marriage has been legal for some years now and the thought that some people don't have that right it's really sad." Diaz says.