On Friday, the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear cases involving legal challenges to same-sex marriage bans by the states. If the court decides to hear the case, the decision will most likely be handed down in June and be a potential landmark decision. As such it may have a big implication for both parties in the 2016 presidential race.
The GOP has traditionally been opposed to same-sex marriage as a reflection of their strong support from Catholics and evangelicals. Back in 2004, Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s chief political strategist, ran grassroots efforts to place same-sex marriage bans on statewide ballots across the country. The move was tactical because it was designed to draw out the Catholic & evangelical votes and boost the president’s reelection chances. It worked helping Bush narrowly win reelection.
Since that time, Forbes and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez announce the public sentiment has changed and so has the GOP. Even firebrand Tea Party conservative Marco Rubio explained that he will respect the decision of the courts. A similar sentiment was voiced by Jeb Bush who said he respects the will of the people. His comments were in response to Florida allowing gay marriage. Just as the GOP is seeking to quietly take this social issue off the table, the Supreme Court may reignite it. This could make the matter become an issue in the presidential race. Thus far, it isn’t clear which way the Supreme Court would vote should they take up the case.