This week, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two cases involving same sex marriage.
Tuesday the question was whether California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage (Proposition 8) is discriminatory, while the issue Wednesday was whether the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, is legal.
The decisions by the nine justices could be historic.
They could find that marriage equality is a constitutional right.
Or they could be extremely narrow. For example, the decision on Proposition 8 would impact only California.
But all sides are weighing in and paying close attention because of the belief that something momentous is about to happen, one way or another.
As one who supports marriage equality, I have to wonder if momentous is necessarily a good thing.
As we have been reminded this week, Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion, was a landmark decision, but it didn't settle the issue.
In fact, it may have galvanized the two sides in a bitter culture war that has lasted for the past 40 years.
Could we have the same result if the justices rule that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right?
Would we still be fighting that cultural battle in 2053?
Perhaps same-sex marriage is not exactly analogous to Roe, except that the losing side will forever believe that nine unelected judges foisted their will upon them.
America's views on homosexuality are evolving rapidly.