As a Christian Conservative, I gave at the office when it came to my acquiescing on my opposition to same sex marriage.  The right folded quickly on this issue, selling it as outreach and inclusiveness and perhaps inevitability.  Courts, ultimately the Supreme Court, upheld the right of same sex couples to marry. Leadership on the right was done defending traditional marriage and evidently felt the left was content to “live and let live” on the issue.

After Christian wedding cake bakers, chapels, and destinations like farms got pummeled and fined into participating in weddings they objected to on religious grounds, leadership on the right could not have been more wrong about that.

Now Alabama’s Roy Moore, opponent of same sex marriage as onetime state superior court judge, is on the verge of becoming a U.S. Senator. Nobody believes he could tip the balance in the Senate on this issue, which has also capitulated on gay marriage.  But the wedding cake question now hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court. The premise of the right giving in on same sex marriage was that the wedding cake problem could never happen.  Conservative, Inc., has long peddled the notion that rights for all are not the same as obligations for those with religious or other principled opposition. Yet the GOP is still unable to pull the trigger on Planned Parenthood defunding or even begin to take down Obamacare requirements for payment of birth control or other procedures or benefits Christian conservatives object to on religious grounds. Now wedding cake makers are being “made to care.”

So do you like the odds of the Christian wedding cake maker getting off the hook on forced participation in a gay wedding? I don’t. Clearly the leadership on the right didn’t see this coming and is phoning it in, at best, to stop it.  Opposition to forced participation in same sex marriage by Christians is largely being bankrolled by private faith and rights organizations.  The GOP itself is doing jack to protect these Christians.

Some, like conservative pundit Guy Benson, who came out as gay, suggested carve-outs for closely held Christian businesses who did not wish to participate in same sex weddings.  Is this really viable?  I don’t think so.  A government means test for a mom-and-pop cake baker would not exist for a larger, corporate chain of bakeries with Christian ownership.  Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of The Poor had to go to court to be relieved of the obligation to pay for birth control.  Is this a model for First Amendment practice of free expression of religion for all?  No, it is not. Your corporate status does not determine your religious freedom.

There was one guy on the right, Judge Roy Moore, who saw giving in on same sex marriage as touching off a bundle of intrusions on religious liberties.  The rest of Conservative, Inc. had no plan to proactively deal with the consequences for wedding cake bakers, chapels, and the like.

Roy Moore had a plan to preserve religious liberty on the issue of same sex marriage. Religious people who trusted establishment conservatives on “inclusiveness” and “outreach” will be dragged through courts for perhaps the rest of their lives to keep the religious liberty their political betters so cheaply gave away.