The Social Conservative Insider Poll: Gay Marriage

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We asked twenty-nine prominent Christian social conservatives what they are looking for from GOP presidential candidates if the Supreme Court “finds” a right to gay marriage in our Constitution.

In terms of rhetoric, the response was summed up by one SoCon insider who said, simply, “It’s not over.”

The Court’s decision is “nothing more than legislating from the bench,” another insider said. “From all of [the candidates], I am looking for a Lincolnesque response—that the decision, like Dred Scott, is wrong and unacceptable.”

The idea of reaffirming the basic nature of marriage was also featured prominently among these social conservative insiders. “Quickly and clearly affirm God’s design for marriage as one man and one woman,” one said. “Link this, using the justices’ own words during oral arguments” to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

Another SoCon insider took a different tact: “I want candidates to make the larger case that marriage has been in all cultures between a man and a woman and why children need a mother and father.”

One prominent conservative activist said he is looking for acknowledgement that these are GOP-appointed justices making this call and a pledge to do a more thorough vetting of judicial nominees. Another proposed that, given past failures, social conservatives should elicit a promise to appoint particular Supreme Court justices if elected.

We asked our SoCon insiders to choose which is more important to them: a candidate who supports a constitutional amendment or a candidate who will promise to pass practical religious liberty legislation, such as the First Amendment Defense Act, to protect the 501(c)(3) status of Christian schools and ministries. Continue Reading