This from the Journal of constitutional Law (2010):
"... the effect of public opinion on the Court. Certainly, Professor Friedman and others could be right: the public has a direct influence on the Court because the Justices are concerned about their legitimacy in the short and long-terms. But it is equally plausible, as Flemming and Wood explain, that the Justices are simply “social beings confronted with the plethora of stimuli emanating from American culture, media and politics.
In other words, the same things that influence public opinion may influence the Justices, who are, after all, members of the public too."
We can only hope that SCOTUS rules in favor of marriage equality thus overturning the ruling of the 6th District Court of Appeals, which prompted the cases in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio to seek a Supreme Court hearing/ruling/decision. Even more, there is hope that concomitant legislation would be implemented nationwide IN THE NEAR FUTURE granting equal rights to LGBTQ persons in employment (non-discrimination based on sexuality), access, and equal treatment AS THE HUMAN BEINGS THEY ARE!