The moral debate over same-sex marriage in Illinois will likely intensify in the coming months. But there's already a parallel constitutional turf war over a question that has faced gay rights advocates, law professors and political scientists across the country for years.
North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, but not much is expected to change immediately.That's because North Carolina law already banned gay marriage.
Remember when just about everybody in the Obama administration had evolved to support same-sex marriage? Now black churches in contested states like North Carolina need Obama's denial through November in order to help him secure a second term.