I agree that the Court seems more aware of reputational damage than in previous Chief-Justiceships. Roberts feels like he's presiding over a Court that is pissing off the people more and more... and yet, they went out of their way here to select a case destined to piss lots of people off, and then rule in such a way so as to not actually give any one side a victory. It's the worst of both worlds. Torpedo it's reputation (during Pride month no less) but not actually give religious practitioners any substantive victory.
Know what opinion the Court issues when it realizes that, after granting cert., it doesn't want to issue an opinion?
The writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted.
It is so ordered.