I was expecting this court to overturn DOMA but I had a secret wish that at least one of the four conservative Catholics would join the majority.
Roberts or Alito - both born in the 1950s - would certainly have had contact with non-heterosexual peers; Scalia could have construed DOMA as an intrusion on states rights; and Thomas - and I know this is a stretch - could have applied his own experience with inter-racial marriage (state bans were struck down by the Warren Court in 1967) to this form of discrimination.
We got two Catholics: Sotomayor the liberal and Kennedy the moderate. But I wanted a true crossover; someone to send a message to religious Americans with conservative values that marriage equality affirms the institution, keeps it sacred.
Sure, I’ll take 5-4. But, in this case, it makes it very clear that the court’s right wing is more orthodox than principled.