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Pro Gay Marriage Lawsuits May Hurt in the End

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A conglomerate of nine pro same-sex marriage groups released a memo today stating that it would hurt the gay rights movement in the long term if gay couples sued states of the federal government for their marriages to be recognized outside of California because. Such action could open the door to bad court rulings.

“Pushing the federal government before we have a critical mass of states recognizing same-sex relationships or suing in states where the courts aren’t ready is likely to get us bad rulings,” the document stated. Instead, they say they will press states and courts that are already friendly to the issue and ready "to do the right thing."

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The group anticipates such lawsuits because California, unlike Massachusetts, has no language prohibiting out-of-state couples to wed. The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog explores the issue: