On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court gave gay marriage supporters a pair of victories with rulings in two closely watched cases that, respectively, declared the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and paved the way for same-sex couples to wed in California. Read sibling publication The National Law Journal's coverage of these two major decisions below.
Justices Strike Down DOMA in Landmark Ruling
Marking a major civil rights turning point, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for equal treatment under federal law of legally married same-sex couples.
Prop 8 Ruling Vindicates Olson's and Boies' Risky Strategy
A calculated, and once criticized, legal strategy to move the issue of gay marriage quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court culminated in victory on Wednesday as the justices effectively cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.