Battles over same-sex marriage have been raging in the federal courts for several years. Two could reach the US Supreme Court within a year: one challenging California's ban on gay marriage under Proposition 8, and the other seeking to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Here are the cases to follow.
The Mormon church leaves no doubt that it opposes gay marriage, but in many ways it has been working to show more compassion for the gay community in recent years.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the favorability rating of the US Supreme Court has fallen below 50 percent. Lack of public confidence undermines the legitimacy of the court's rulings. Chief Justice Roberts has yet to project an image of a court that stands above politics.
The Supreme Court struck down DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – and handed Proposition 8 back to a lower court – which both legitimize gay marriage. But, the routes the court took don't suggest a high court pro-gay marriage or pro-child crusade – yet.