Why Have Conservatives Been More Successful On Abortion Than Gay Marriage?

Republican presidential candidates are already talking about a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s upcoming gay marriage decision.

The court’s Roe v. Wade of gay marriage might happen. The constitutional amendment won’t.

How do I know this? Republicans were never able to pass a constitutional amendment reversing the real Roe v. Wade, the one concerning abortion. The last time they even tried, the amendment fell 18 votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a Republican-controlled Senate. It got just 49 votes.

That was in 1983. Ronald Reagan was president and he supported the human life amendment. It couldn’t pass even under these conditions and it never made it as far as the Senate floor again.