Comments on: What did the Supreme Court actually say about gay marriage? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: OnAnIsland Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:46:39 +0000 These are the opinions of the judges. What was the basis in federal law for their opinion? I was under the opinion that there was no federal law governing marriage and this was a decision left to the states. If the law of the states can only be overruled when there is a compelling federal law that governs. The compelling federal law is NOT the OPINION of one, two or even five judges. So has the supreme court now replaced congress as the purveyor of law?