Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has an excellent piece out on Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The is the case that may shortly legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts, thus setting off a major battle in the country at large. Jacoby’s piece not only speaks to the issues involved, it gives detailed and interesting coverage of arguments in the case. The reports I’ve heard all suggest that this liberal court will decide in favor of Goodridge–and gay marriage–-by summer. But the judges have pressed lawyers for the plaintiffs on some key points, and Jacoby reports the very interesting answers.