Politico quotes another’s observation:
[W]hen the question of [gay] marriage reaches the Supreme Court, the justices will ask themselves, is the country ready? Is it ready culturally, how many states permit same-sex marriage, and what are elected officials saying? At that point and in preparation for that point, the stated position of a sitting president — or even a past president — will certainly matter. At that point, the marriage-equality movement will need every potential arrow in its quiver, including public opinion, state wins and yes, the support of our nation’s chief executive.
Given what the law (as an abstract construct) is supposed to be, it’s interesting that we’re acknowledging this central truth openly, now. Namely, that when the first gay marriage case reaches the Supreme Court, it will be about everything but the law, because both sides know where the law leads. This is the rare case where the law points clearly one way and current-but-evolving public opinion points another. I will leave the obvious ramifications for conservative judicial philosophy — which purports to decry judges inserting politics into the law — unspoken.