As the week wore on, the focus was less on the court and more on the rapidly shifting public opinion on gay marriage. A majority of the public now supports marriage for all, which wasn’t true just a few years ago. And the support among young people is overwhelming – most of them just don’t see what the issue is.
Even many strong gay marriage opponents seem to have given up. “This issue is lost,” conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show. “It is now inevitable,” regardless of what the Supreme Court does.
But the issue will live on in one sense – it will be the problem topic for Republicans trying to court their conservative base in the primaries while still appealing to “mainstream” America, in the same way gun control is problematic for Democrats and their liberal base.