Richard Socarides wonders:
Fundamentally, we see that Roberts thinks of himself not just as another Justice of the Court but as its Chief Justice and, as such, as the primary keeper of its legacy. He is fifty-seven, and could serve on the Court for another twenty years or more. In the context of public opinion on gay rights and same-sex marriage, twenty years is a very long time. If they decide against the rights of gay people next term, within a decade or so this issue is going to be right back before the Court and Justice Roberts will likely still be Chief.