When the Supreme Court came down with a major gay rights ruling last spring, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote his own dissent to emphasize one particular point.
The majority in United States v. Windsor had struck down a part of a federal law that denied federal benefits to legally married same sex couples. The Chief disagreed with the majority, but wanted to stress what he thought the case was not about: state bans on same sex marriage.
"I write only to highlight the limits of the majority's holding and reasoning today," he wrote. He stressed that the "court does not have before it" the question of whether states may ban same sex marriages.