Dale Carpenter looks at the state of marriage equality suits across the country. They're not that encouraging for those who want marriage rights enforced by courts. Happily, in the first state, Massachusetts, marriage equality is here to stay - and we have a fascinating experiment in its impact. And in the biggest state, California, the legislature has now passed marriage equality twice - only to be vetoed by the governor. If the courts and governor allow the California legislature to rule, this debate will enter a new and decisive phase.

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