Darwin1122 saidThis is meaningful because it was the only ruling that supported the legality of same sex marriage bans. With this loss opponents of marriage equality ain't got shit. And it really doesn't matter if it's on hold. All that matters is the run up to the Supreme Court decision which is looking like it's heavily weighted in our favor, especially now.
The Republican majority US Supreme Court does not have to abide by any lower Federal court rulings. We know homophobes like Alito and Uncle Thomas will vote against gay marriage, as they've already indicated, so that's a given. Supreme Court Justices are not supposed to express such opinions about cases that have not yet come before them, but these guys have no judicial ethics whatsoever.
The question remains about the remainder of the court. And that is unpredictable. Most members of the court are Roman Catholics, with 3 Jews and no Protestants, and that is not good for gays. As the Hobby Lobby case demonstrated, in their Catholic minds their religion trumps the US Constitution.