Granting same-sex couples access to marriage would be far better if that access came from elected institutions rather than from the courts, says Steve Chapman at The Chicago Tribune: "If I favored a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, I would have considered Wednesday a very good day. When a judge in California found that same-sex couples have a right to wed, he cemented the widespread notion that the courts are out of control and that the Constitution means whatever judges want it to mean. The verdict will go far to energize and expand opposition to gay rights, at a time when they were on the rise."