The Supreme Court struck down DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – and handed Proposition 8 back to a lower court – which both legitimize gay marriage. But, the routes the court took don't suggest a high court pro-gay marriage or pro-child crusade – yet.
For about 75,000 married same-sex couples, the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act could mean the IRS will hand out nearly $200 million in refunds, Burman says.
Some possible Republican presidential candidates – Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio – chided the Supreme Court for its actions Wednesday on gay marriage cases. But many others remained quiet. Why is that?
In its two decisions that benefit same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court neither remains silent nor makes a definitive ruling. Instead, it demonstrates its power to participate in ongoing public discourse about a controversial social issue, without drowning out further debate.