Odds are, though, that more cases around this issue will wend their way Washington-ward. Which makes this Clarence Thomas quote one to remember:
It seems to me that the power to regulate 'commerce' can by no means encompass authority over mere gun possession, any more than it empowers the Federal Government to regulate marriage, littering, or cruelty to animals, throughout the 50 States.
Now, will Thomas remember that opinion when the first gay marriage case reaches the top court?
(Quote from Thomas' concurring opinion in U.S. v. Lopez, courtesy of the SCOTUSBlog at http://www.goldsteinhowe.com/blog/archive/2004_11_28_SCOTUSblog.cfm#110177040776166593 )