"Also, note that the 9th Circuit's decision only applies to the 9th Circuit. And since there are conflicting decisions from other circuits, there's no clear precedent set here."
Yes it does, actually. It's called a Circuit Split, and it pretty much means the Supreme Court MUST step in as the only agency capable of resolving a circuit split, provided someone from one of the split circuits appeals. Remember, it was a circuit split that forced the issue of LGBT discrimination in front of them (they usually agree to hear circuit splits). Perhaps the ruling was intentional on the part of the 9th Circuit to create a circuit split and force a final confrontation.