A federal lawsuit challenging California's marriage ban is not the best strategy to secure marriage equality, several top national LGBT groups said. "In our view, the best way to win marriage equality nationally is to continue working state by state, not to bring premature federal challenges that pose a very high risk of setting a negative U.S. Supreme Court precedent," said Shannon Minter, legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights. The plaintiffs -- two gay men and two lesbians -- are being represented by well-known attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who represented opposing sides in the Bush vs. Gore election lawsuit.

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