1. Battle Lines

    Idaho Sued Over Gay-Marriage Ban

    Gay pride flags flying at the US Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court, for the first time, takes up the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage when the nine  justices consider the legality of a California ballot initiative that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples. Wednesday, the court will consider the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Gay-marriage advocates are playing offense in the courthouse this week. Just yesterday, four couples filed a suit in federal court against Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages, and nine couples sued in a Denver district court to overturn Colorado’s constitutional ban. In Idaho, the defendant, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, asked for an immediate ruling, contending it was the state’s right to define marriage. “Common sense and a wealth of social-science data teach that children do best emotionally, socially, intellectually, and even economically when reared in an intact home by both biological parents,” Otter said. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages.

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