Tanya Struble looks at Therese Councilor during their wedding. The couple has been together for 23 years, they got married Saturday at a hot springs in Jemez Springs, N.M. They are one of the couples in a lawsuit to try to legalize gay marriage in New Mexico. Photo by Steven St John, courtesy USA Today

Emboldened, gay marriage activists eye 50 states

(RNS) Since June, couples have filed 23 lawsuits to end bans in 21 states; governors and state attorneys general in at least three states have refused to defend their state bans in court; and county clerks in four states have issued marriage licenses to gay couples despite laws against it.

Both sides brace for Supreme Court battle on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court's long-awaited decisions to hear challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage move the issue to the top of the national agenda following a year in which advocates scored major legal and political victories. By Richard Wolf / USA Today.

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Federal appeals court rules against gay marriage ban

(RNS) A federal appeals court in Boston has ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, setting up a potential showdown over same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court and providing another culture war issue for the already contentious presidential campaign. By David Gibson.