What Ted Olsen demonstrated in the Windsor case was the power of persuasion. Courts’ decisions to act or not act will not decide the future of gay marriage. As long as opponents have the resources to do so, gay marriage will continue to be a political question decided in the hearts and minds of citizens.
In the next few years, there are important votes which will decide the fate of gay marriage in the United States. These votes will not be at state houses or in court rooms, but in living rooms. Citizens will have to decide whether or not they want to live in a country where people who are attracted to members of the same sex are denied access to the institution of marriage. Gay marriage opponents continually fail to emphasize a key element of their argument: LGBT individuals campaigning for the freedom to marry are actually the greatest defenders of the institution of marriage itself. Over time, people will listen to a good argument no matter how counterintuitive it may be people at first. Change and logic flow in the same direction.