As a federal court considers the constitutionality of a voter-approved ban in California, some gay-marriage advocates say a Supreme Court decision could be the best path to legalization.
Lawyers seeking to overturn Prop. 8, California's gay marriage ban, attempted to show Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional because it is the product of animosity toward gays and lesbians.
Gay-rights activists in New Jersey said they would file a lawsuit following the defeat of the gay-marriage bill in the state Senate Thursday. But the effort to legalize gay marriage through the courts carries its own risks.