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The Silver Lining: Republicans can Call Marriage Equality a Non-Issue

Gay Marriage Ruling

It doesn’t matter what the Supreme Court ruled. We can expect mainstream media to ask the question of every GOP candidate whenever they get the chance. Whether it’s about the ruling, gay marriage in general, or what a candidate would do about marriage equality if they’re elected, they have an optional out.

“The law of the land has been set and as President, I cannot go above the law regardless of what we’ve learned about the current President.” Or something like that.

Personally, I’m not buying that as an acceptable answer, but I also won’t hold it against a candidate if they choose to use it. We’ve learned from President Obama that it doesn’t really matter what you say about gay marriage before you’re elected, anyway. For some, it will be better to deflect the question by hiding behind the Supreme Court.

Democrats will, of course, herald the ruling every chance they get. It’s popular right now in America and will likely remain a topic of discussion for some time. Unfortunately, this will not be allowed to die down. In fact, it’s only the beginning. The next step (despite the written claims of those on the majority side of the ruling) is going to be for the left to attack Christian businesses and employees over discrimination. It was already happening before it went nationwide and it’s only going to continue. The ACLU has already dumped their favorite tool in defending against “injustices” over religion, the RFRA. Now, it’s time for them to turn up the heat.

We will hear about this for a long time and every Democratic candidate is safely secure on the bandwagon.

For conservative Christians and secular Republicans who have opposed marriage equality, there are four choices:

  1. Hide behind the ruling without giving an opinion for or against.
  2. Denounce the ruling but claim that it’s done so the issue is dead.
  3. Denounce the ruling and promote a plan to somehow sidestep the ruling.
  4. Support the ruling.

We’ve already seen #1 and #2 in play. It’s likely we’ll see someone get bold (desperate?) to get support from the right by going for #3 and it’s possible we’ll see a moderate or two go for option #4, especially if it’s a moderate who gets the nomination and the heat is still on from the topic at that time.

Regardless of the stance that the candidates choose, the ruling will make it easier for independents and moderates on both sides of the fence to vote for a GOP candidate knowing that they won’t be able to fight marriage equality. It’s a bittersweet way of looking at it, but when you’re down you have to find something positive in order to keep fighting the good fight.