Conservatives watching this week’s gay marriage arguments at the Supreme Court are wondering if it will happen again: Unelected justices ignoring the will of legislatures and high-handedly imposing their own wishes on one of society’s most divisive moral issues.
In political circles in Washington and elsewhere, a good number of these conservatives will also make a surprising confession: They are strongly rooting for that outcome exactly.
In a mostly hidden subtext of the gay marriage debate, a lot of Republicans would be thrilled with the most far-reaching court decision possible. This is the only way, they reckon, to take the issue out of an electoral arena in which it is increasingly bringing them little but grief.
A mid-March Washington Post/ABC News poll underscored the extent to which the GOP is at odds with the public on gay marriage: Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they support gay marriage, and 64 percent said that the issue of gay marriage should be “decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution.”