The past couple of weeks have not been good to the GOP, right? With the Supreme Court upholding a core tenet of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and then one day later narrowly approving same-sex marriage in all 50 states, it might seem like a pair of crushing defeats for conservatives—period.
However, that isn’t necessarily the case. Given the actions of some influential people, we began thinking that maybe Conservative aren’t so black-and-white as we once thought. What exactly are we talking about? Let’s dive in and find out!
Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, upheld a core tenet o the Affordable Care Act in a Supreme Court ruling on June 25th. Some, like Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, believe that this ruling, paired with the ruling that would follow in the next day about same-sex marriage, could mark a turning point in current American law. They suggest that the chief justice has grown tired of efforts to bring politics into the judiciary, and that he is particularly annoyed with fellow conservatives who try to achieve through litigation what did not pass during elections.
And when you dig deeper and look for others who walk the conservative party line, but also dissented to the popular conservative opinion over the past weeks, he’s not alone. There is also Ken Mehlman, an American businessman, attorney, and political figure, a conservative who also stands up for the gay marriage ruling of last week, as a gay man.
What’s more, this appears to be a trend with younger voters as well, which probably has the most sway in this argument. According to a Pew Research Center study from 2014, it was found that 61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage. This majority is a surprising find, especially since same-sex marriage seems to be counter to core Conservative values.
This subject may will likely come up again in the near future, as the 2016 U.S. Presidential Race creeps closer by the minute.