Two days of impassioned support outside the Supreme Court may give credence to the argument of increased support of gay marriage, particularly among the younger generation.
In a study earlier this month, the Washington-based Pew Research Center found more than 70 percent of those polled under the age of 30 support same-sex marriage.
“The younger generation is more supportive now than they were 10 years ago. And more supportive now than the older generation is,” says Basheer Mohamed, research associate at Pew.
The new Time Magazine cover proclaims gay marriage already won, even if no universal ruling comes from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“If the Supreme Court doesn't issue any real definitive rulings that are of a 50 state nationwide nature I think you'll see this battle go back to where it's been at this point which is in state legislatures and state ballot measures,” Says POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein.
This would also have the National Organization for Marriage claiming victory, arguing voters, not the Supreme Court, should be the decision makers.
“Over the last 15 years, over 45 million Americans have voted to protect marriage, that's 60% in over 31 states … including seven million in California,” says Thomas Peters, National Organization on Marriage’s communications director. “So we hear a lot about the polling but we continue to be an advocate for the idea this debate should continue and that the people should ultimately decide this issue.”