While the high-profile legal fight against California's Prop 8 captures headlines, a carefully planned case quietly under way in Massachusetts federal court could be the gay marriage test with the greatest national impact. The challenge is one of four lawsuits around the country that ask federal courts to strike down the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act. The suits, and the Massachusetts case in particular, according to advocates and scholars, are just the opening shots in a struggle destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mass. Case May Be Key in Taking Gay Marriage Fight to Supreme Court
The National Law Journal
August 31, 2009