"Judges can read the tea leaves," UCLA law professor Adam Winkler said. "They know where the Supreme Court is going. They know where society is going. Do they want their grandkids knowing they wrote an opinion stopping gay marriage?"
"This is primarily political theater more than anything else," Mr. Winkler said. "They need congressional consent, and it doesn't seem likely you can get a bill through the House and Senate and have it signed by President Obama that exempts states from what is President Obama's signature achievement."