Politico: Guns, Gay Rights Nettle Social Conservatives


Social conservatives find themselves playing defense on gun and gay rights issues, Martin Kady II writes at Politico.com. He writes, “Just look at the headlines of the past few weeks – gay marriage is gaining ground with landmark rulings in Vermont and Iowa; the Obama administration is putting immigration back on the front burner; gun control is on the table again in the wake of several mass shootings; and, as POLITICO reported this week, the vague prospect that the Senate will ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child has some conservatives talking about a constitutional amendment to guarantee the rights of parents.”

He continues, “Any of these issues used to be enough to ignite the social conservatives and rally their leadership in Washington. But there is no longer a sympathetic evangelical ear in the White House. There is no Tom DeLay calling divisive yet base-pleasing votes on the House floor. Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who was able to force Senate debate on gay marriage and flag burning in 2006, is long gone from the chamber. That leaves social conservatives with minority-party amendments, obscure procedural maneuvers and Internet ad campaigns. ‘Being powerless forces you to do things differently,’ said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage.”

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