It was a hastily written ruling by Supreme Court standards, and it carried a dissent almost equal in length to the majority's opinion. But the 5 to 4 decision the court issued late Wednesday blocking the broadcast of a federal trial about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is being scoured by legal analysts and activists for deeper meaning.
Many are finding a hint of sympathy for those who oppose same-sex marriage. An unmistakable worry about how cameras could transform what the ruling called the "orderly, decorous, rational traditions" of the courts. Some even detect a whiff of Bush v. Gore.
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