Conservative Republicans Mull Next Step in Preserving Religious Freedom

While some Republican presidential candidates urged action to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage, grassroots activists at a conservative conference this weekend said they preferred to focus on limiting the damage.

Several presidential hopefuls at the Western Conservative Summit in the swing state of Colorado called for constitutional amendments or civil disobedience to turn back the Court’s landmark ruling on Friday.

But Christian conservatives who have been on the front lines of a battle to stop the advance of gay marriage indicated it was time to cut their losses. Rather, they would prefer to ensure that the ruling would not restrict their ability to practice their religion as they saw fit.

“Our first response is moving at a federal and state level to protect religious freedom,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Christian conservative group. “You have to secure your base camp.”