By Al Henkel, NBC News producer
Putting aside all the legal issues, what's going on inside Courtroom "A" of the Tom Green County Courthouse is a huge clash of cultures.
FLDS church members who marched to the courthouse steps this morning are talking solely about their children.
"We hope they 'll give them back to us," a male church member, who declined to give his name, told us.
The FLDS church members, rarely seen outside their ranch near Eldorado, Texas, are immediately recognized. Their clothes, their manner, their soft spoken demeanor are out of another century. The answers given to questions by church women are so quiet as to be hard to understand.
"We would just love to get our children back," says one.
"Our children need us," says another.
Lawyers, many of whom have only a passing knowledge of their clients, are trying to ensure modern due process, to a culture mired in the 1800's.
Legal Aid attorney Roger Jacobsen says his goal is simple, just "trying to see that the women get due process so they get all the rights that they are entitled to."
A man comes out of the courthouse after the first few minutes of the hearing, displaying a photograph of his five children.
"These children are all happy, they're smiling. But they're not happy out there," he says, referring to the San Angelo Coliseum. "Happy sweet children," he mutters as he walks away.
His children, and more than 400 others are caught right now in a clash of cultures, their futures yet to be decided.