The fix is in good and hard. Already those who own the Republican party have decided that the opposition to gay marriage must go - hundreds of senior figures have signed letters to that extent, and Karl Rove forecast that the next candidate will be explicitly in favour. Republican consciences come cheap, after all. Now I will bet you that one or two of the supposed conservatives on SCOTUS will decide that gay marriage is compatible with their conservative consciences. And because nobody thinks of investigating the personal lives and finances of Supreme Court judges, nobody will find out by what means they have been convinced, and what is the price of a Supreme Court judge's conscience.